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July 3, 2019
Of course we … cannot!
Like any other vehicle, if driven responsibly and safely, motorcycles are lots of fun and easier to get around a big city than a car. Majority of the World’s developing nations rely on this transport.
Continuing with my earlier thoughts on this – https://dinshawavari.wordpress.com/2019/02/25/for-the-love-of-motorcycles/ – they are [one of] the bane of my existence!
Motorcyclists in Karachi are the most reckless drivers, followed closely by truckers & buses; they don’t follow the rules or the law; they don’t believe in personal safety, let alone another commuter’s safety; and they believe they are the kings of the roads! Road tests to get them to drive in a specified lane could not even be implemented successfully.
Karachi does not have any other reasonable alternative or adequate means of commute – our “metro” is non existent and the bus service wouldn’t be able to support the public’s requirements if motorcycles were actually banned.
So what’s the alternative?
Physically partition two of the left most lanes of all major roads & arteries so that cycles, motorcycles, rickshaws … and BUSES can only drive there; and leave the other two (or more) lanes for four wheelers of all kinds. Don’t allow the former to come into the majority lanes – on penalty of confiscation of the vehicle for six months … no fine, just outright confiscation! Make it a LAW.
For you motorcyclists out there, what other practical and reasonable solutions or suggestions do you have?