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Vehicles fitted with M-Tag will now enjoy exclusive benefit

Abdullah  09 Jul 2024   144
Vehicles fitted with M-Tag will now enjoy exclusive benefit

Vehicles fitted with M-Tag will now enjoy exclusive benefit

In a recent session of the Senate Standing Committee on Communications presided over by Chairman Pervez Rasheed, Federal Communications Minister Abdul Aleem Khan unveiled new incentives for vehicles equipped with M-Tag. 

Khan says: "This initiative also aims to promote the use of M-Tag”

Major Announcement

Minister Abdul Aleem Khan announced, "Vehicles fitted with M-Tag will now enjoy exclusive benefits."

Challenges in Infrastructure Highlighted

During the session, Minister Khan underscored significant infrastructure challenges across different areas:

  • Balochistan's Road Network: He noted the absence of toll plazas in Balochistan despite 42% of the country’s road network being situated there, complicating road maintenance efforts.

  • Gilgit-Baltistan: Minister Khan highlighted the existence of only one toll plaza along 900 kilometers of roads in Gilgit-Baltistan, which hampers infrastructure development.

Financial Figures and Vehicle Statistics

The minister provided insights into financial aspects related to toll collection and vehicle demographics:

  • Toll Collection: He reported that toll taxes from highways and motorways amounted to Rs. 60 billion last year, with projections indicating an increase to over Rs. 100 billion.

  • Vehicle Demographics: Minister Khan disclosed that the country hosts 38 million vehicles, with motorcycles constituting 70% of the total. Moreover, he noted that 70% of the 2.7 million large vehicles in the country are aged.

Strengthening Highway Security

Addressing concerns raised via a calling attention notice, Minister Khan detailed plans to enhance highway security:

  • Motorway Police Deployment: He announced plans by the National Highway Authority to deploy 2,500 motorway police officers across various highways in Balochistan. Their mandate will include monitoring speeding violations and ensuring the safety of commuters.

This multifaceted approach reflects the government's commitment to improving road infrastructure, enhancing toll collection efficiency, and ensuring safer travel conditions nationwide.

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