The Rawalpindi district administration has established a Vehicle Inspection Certificate System (VICS) at Chur Chowk, Peshawar Road to issue fitness certificates to small commercial vehicles.
The center will review and provide fitness clearance certificates to small vehicles such as taxis, rickshaws, small pickups, motorcycle rickshaws, three-wheeled loaders, etc. This is to help small commercial vehicles on the outskirts of the twin cities. The fee for the fitness certificate is Rs. 700.
Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) such as vans, mini-buses, small trucks, etc. will still be required to obtain their fitness certificates from a facility near Mandra. However, LCV drivers have requested the local administration to have the Chur Chowk-based facility issue fitness certificates for their vehicles as well, for greater convenience.
The government is taking measures to reduce environmental pollution in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, and their surrounding areas by cracking down on small commercial vehicles. Law enforcement officials have been instructed to take strict action against vehicles that do not meet environmental standards.
The authorities have initiated a strict crackdown operation against vehicle drivers, conductors, and owners for overcharging customers. Commissioner Rawalpindi Noor-ul-Amin Mengal has instructed relevant authorities to remove all illegal terminals. So far, District Regional Transport Authority (DRTA) has removed 8 illegal bus stations at Pirwadhai.
The department has filed 34 FIRs, impounded 54 vehicles, and apprehended 29 drivers and conductors for overcharging. The crackdown will continue till further notice from the government.