19 Thousand Drivers Get Served Tickets Annually in Islamabad Alone Due to High-Tech Speeding Cameras
According to the The Independent, a UK-based newspaper, East West Infiniti, controls 70% of the Pakistani speed camera market. East West Infiniti is a high-tech electronics company that produces digital traffic speed cameras. These road detectors for catching speedsters are completely made and assembled in Pakistan, except for the laser gun, which is the sole item on the speed camera imported from the United States. Roads are not plenty across Pakistan.
There is no thoroughly well-developed road network even between major cities and districts. There are all kinds of vehicles seen on the roads in Pakistan, from a donkey-cart to an expensive fare. The East West Infiniti first supplied speed cameras to Islamabad police back in 2006. Now, they have become relatively commonplace, but to keep things clandestine, the police always changes the points of these hidden cameras.
Around 70% of Islamabad’s roads are captured through these hidden away cameras and from these 30% have been supplied by East West Infiniti. With the “Got-U” citation system, the traffic police easily hands out the speeding tickets on spot. In Islamabad alone, around 19 thousand people have been caught breaking the traffic rules with fines of Rs.200 charged for speeding. This makes up for a sizeable income for the federal government. In many other countries, if the speeding fine were to be that low, no one would follow the traffic rules, but based on a country’s income of an average household, it means a lot here.
For a driver, it is better to obey the traffic rules, as it is in the good for both him and the people around. But for the government and the speed cameras manufacturers, it has turned out to be a profitable business. East West Infiniti supplies military, maritime and aviation signals-oriented products too and export to countries like Sri Lanka, UAE and other Middle Eastern states.