ISLAMABAD: National Highways and Motorways Police has urged the motorists to drive carefully on the motorway observing road safety rules and avoid unnecessary travel on motorways during foggy weather currently prevailing in various parts of the country.
The motorists should avoid applying sudden brakes and use fog lights during travelling, said the spokesman of the NH&MP Thursday. He said that the road-users should either call NH&MP helpline 130 or Help Centres on all toll plazas to get information about the weather prediction before planning their journey.
To a question he said that the NH&MP has taken numerous safety measures to make safe travelling for the road users to avoid accidents. He said that special Fog Information Centres have been set-up and LED screens are being installed on all Toll Plazas and start of foggy area to provide instant information regarding fog to road users.
He said that it has been made mandatory for Heavy Vehicles (HTV) and Public Transport Vehicles (PSV) to install fog lights to enter on the motorways and highways. He informed that, to avoid accidents during the heavy fog motorways are closed for traffic but the closure would be made for minimum interval and time to time information would be conveyed immediately through media. He said to avoid travelling during dense fog and only travel in case of emergency.
He said that the Met Office has predicted dense foggy conditions (during Night/Morning hours) would prevail over plains of Punjab (Gujranwala, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan and Bahawalpur divisions), Peshawar and Sukkur divisions during next few days.
The spokesman said that Motorway Police, in collaboration with Radio Pakistan, has introduced a new facility for the benefit of road users. Now road users can get latest information regarding weather and road conditions on national highways including N-5, N-10 & N-25, as well as the motorways.
This will help the road users in planning their journey. These updates will be broadcast on national network on the frequency FM-93.0 Mhz as per following schedule:- (i) 08:10 AM (ii) 09:05 AM (iii) 01:05 PM (iv) 04:05 PM & (v) 06:05 PM. On Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway (M-1),there was light fog but visibility is clear and it was opened for all kinds of traffic at 09:50 am.He said Islamabad - Lahore Motorway (M-2) and Pindi Bhattian- Faisalabad Motorway there was light fog but visibility was clear.On Islamabad-Murree Dual Carraigeway (N-75) weather was clear.
The spokesman informed that last night some sections of Lahore-Islamabad Motorway (M-1) were closed for all types of traffic due to heavy fog.Pindi Bhattian-Faisalabad Motorway (M-3) also remained closed for traffic while Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway (M-1) also remained closed from Peshawar to Swabi.
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