Boom in unregistered vehicles behind surge in accidents
FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): A boom in the non-custom paid vehicles in Firozkoh City, the provincial capital of western Ghor province, has caused surge in accidents and casualties.
The residents complain import of cars without valid documents and lack of driving license are the reasons behind a spike in traffic accidents.
Majority of these vehicles are right-handed which are not meant for Afghanistan’s roads.
Drivers say these cars are imported with lower prices and if they processed their documents the expenses would go high.
Khan Mohammad, 45, a resident of Firozkoh, told Pajhwok Afghan News he had recently lost his son-in-law in a traffic accident while on his way home on a motorcycle.
Khan Mohammad claimed his son-in-law had an accident with a truck and after the accident the driver fled the scene and police have yet to nab him.
“Drivers’ negligence disobeying of traffic rules on the one hand and damaged and narrow roads on the other hand cause such accidents,” he said, adding lack of proper documents, driving licenses and follow ups of cases by judicial authorities had added to the accidents.
Gul Mohammad, another resident, said he lost his child while on a motorcycle and crashing with a speedy right-handed car.
He said instead of judicial organs it was the elders who took the matter in their hands and resolved the case with the driver.
Another resident, driving a four-runner high model vehicle, wishing not to be named, said he had bought the car from Kandahar’s Wesh city for 700,000 afghanis and if he completed the documents it would cost him more than 750,000 afghanis.
He said he also did not own a driving license but after paying 5,000 afghanis to a middleman he got one without going through other formalities.
Sayed Ahmad, another driver, said: “I don’t have any document. My car has tinted window and nobody has stopped me yet.”
According to the provincial hospital, during in the last two months two people have been killed and 163 wounded in traffic accidents.
Dr. Juma Gul Yaqoobi, the hospital director, said last year three people were killed and 1,200 others wounded in road crashes. At least 21 of the wounded were shifted to hospitals outside the province due to their critical condition.
Abdul Qayom, an official at traffic department, said majority of the private cars in the province were right-handed and were owned by powerful figures.
“We have proper figures because we don’t have power to deal with powerful individuals,” he added.
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