The National Highway & Motorway Police (NH&MP) is a federal law enforcement agency responsible for maintaining safety on the country’s motorways and highways. Its history dates back to 1997 when it was established as the Pakistan Motorways Police.
Its jurisdiction was expanded to include all national highways in 2001, and the agency was rebranded as the National Highways & Motorway Police. In this blog, Graana.com has discussed the services and responsibilities of the NH&MP and its importance in ensuring the safety of all road users.
Overview of National Highway & Motorway Police
The National Highways & Motorway Police (NHMP) is a law enforcement agency responsible for ensuring the safety of drivers and commuters on Pakistan’s network of motorways and highways.
These roads connect the southern regions of Gwadar and Karachi with the northern areas. This includues the capital city of Islamabad and Lahore, all the way up to the mountainous region of Gilgit-Baltistan. The NHMP patrols these roads using a fleet of SUVs, heavy motorbikes, and cars and provides roadside assistance to those in need.
The agency has headquarters in Islamabad and is led by the Inspector General of the Police (IGP) and his Deputy Inspector General (DIG) who oversee different zones.
History of National Highway & Motorway Police
The National Highways & Motorway Police (NHMP) was established in 1997 as a result of reforms in the policing system of Pakistan, which brought in a new and efficient task force. Initially, it was known as Pakistan Motorways Police and was only responsible for patrolling the country’s motorways such as M-2.
However, due to its success, the government decided to expand the jurisdiction of the agency to cover all the national highways, starting with the N-5, and gradually handed over control to the NHMP in phases. Consequently, the agency was officially renamed as National Highways & Motorway Police in 2001.
Role of National Highway & Motorway Police
The National Highways & Motorway Police (NH&MP) is a federal law enforcement agency with the responsibilities of:
- Managing and controlling traffic on all the highways and motorways under its jurisdiction
- Enforcing traffic regulations on these routes
- Assisting travellers in need
- Educating the public on road safety measures
- Collaborating with the National Highway Authority (NHA) for road maintenance
- Offering high-quality driver training to individuals across the country
- Granting internationally recognised driving licences to qualified candidates.
Services Offered by NH&MP
The primary services that National Highway and Motorway Police offers are as follows:
- Live radio updates
- Travel advisory services
Live Radio Updates
NH&MP provides real-time traffic updates on the FM95 radio station, which can help you in staying informed about traffic conditions, such as congestion, accidents, and severe weather.
NH&MP website offers advisory information on road conditions, including roadblocks, construction, weather updates, and alternate routes for all the routes patrolled by the authority. Moreover, it is advised to check the website before embarking on a long trip to avoid traffic congestion and adverse weather conditions.
Additionally, the NH&MP has developed a mobile app called ‘Motorway Humsafar’, which is available on both Android and iOS platforms.
It offers a range of features such as travel advisory, complaint registration, live radio, route maps, and an emergency assistance feature for those who may face car trouble and require immediate help on the highway.
The licensing services provided by the National Highways & Motorway Police include:
- Test reservation
- Driving licence verification and tracking
The National Highways & Motorway Police’s (NH&MP) Drivers’ Licensing Authority (DLA) offers an online self-assessment tool to help individuals determine if they are ready to take their driving exam.
You can take the assessment in either English or Urdu. It consists of 20 questions, with 10 focusing on road signs and the other 10 on traffic rules.
To schedule a driving licence test, fill out a form with your personal information. This includes your name, CNIC, primary and alternate phone numbers, and email address, and select a desired test date.
Driving Licence Verification and Tracking
The Drivers’ Licensing Authority (DLA) under the National Highways & Motorway Police (NH&MP) also offers easy-to-use driving licence verification and tracking services. You can access these services by simply providing the CNIC of the individual in question.
Methods Used by the NH&MP to Educate the Public About Road Safety
The National Highways & Motorway Police (NH&MP) is dedicated to promoting road safety by providing various resources such as online guides for both practical and theoretical driving tests, infographics, videos, driving tips, and detailed explanations of traffic rules and signs found on the motorways and highways of Pakistan.
Additionally, the NH&MP informs the public about the traffic fines, penalties, and charges for those who violate traffic laws, putting themselves and others at risk.
Ways to File Complaints or Provide Feedback to NH&MP
NH&MP has its headquarters located in Mauve Area, G-11/1, Islamabad. In case of emergency, the NH&MP has a hotline number, 130, available for assistance.
Additionally, for non-emergency inquiries, you can reach the Drivers’ Licensing Authority (DLA) at 051-9250519 during working hours from 9 am to 5 pm. Complaints can also be registered with the NH&MP at 051-9320290 during the same working hours.
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