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Driving Rules in Pakistan (پاکستان میں ڈرائیونگ کے قواعد)

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To drive in Pakistan, foreign visitors must have valid driver licenses issued by countries of their residence, International driving permit, and third party insurance.

The main Pakistani road traffic rules:

  • Driving is on the left side of the road.
  • The minimum driving age for any motor vehicle is 18 years.
  • Third party insurance is required.
  • Driving under influence of drugs or alcohol is forbidden.
  • Changing lane or turning without giving proper signal is prohibited.
  • It is not permitted to stop on zebra crossing.
  • Drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.
  • All vehicles and vehicle drawing a trailer must use extreme left lane unless they are overtaking vehicles moving below the minimum posted speed limits or unavoidable in the interest of safety.
  • Any loads carried or towed must be marked the ends with red flags by day and red lights by nights.
  • The rider and passenger on a motorcycle, scooter, and moped must wear an approved safety helmet. It is advisable to wear eye protectors.
  • Drivers are not permitted to drive under the influence of drugs or medicines.
  • All vehicles under the control of learner must display L-plates.
  • Driver and all passengers from the front and rear seats must wear seat belts if the latter are available.

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  • Children under 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) and from 3 to 11 years of age must be transported with using an appropriate special child restraint.
  • It is illegal to use of a hand-held telephone or microphone while driving.
  • It is prohibited to throw lighted cigarettes or refuse on the road.
  • The maximum speed limit on rural highways is 120 km/h (74 mph) on primary roads (motorways, expressways, dual carriageways), 100 km/h (62 mph) on secondary roads (two lanes), and 80 km/h (50 mph) on tertiary roads (signal lane, gravel). The maximum speed limit on urban highways is 100 km/h (62 mph) on primary roads (motorways, expressways, and dual carriageways), 80 km/h (50 mph) on secondary roads (two lanes), 50 km/h (31 mph) on residential streets, and 40 km/h (25 mph) near mosques, schools, and hospitals.
  • The minimum speed limit on rural highways is 65 km/h (40 mph) and on urban highways 50 km/h (31 mph).
  • All drivers must stop when a school crossing patrol shows a “Stop for children” sign.
  • At road junctions, drivers must give way to pedestrians who already crossing the road into which cars are turning.
  • Drivers also must give way to pedestrians on a pavement cars need to cross.
  • When someone has stepped on to a pedestrian crossing, drivers must give way.
  • It is forbidden to overtake and park on a pedestrian crossing and pelican crossing, including the area marked by zigzag lines.
  • In a queue of traffic, drivers must keep pedestrian crossing clear.
  • When passing a procession or a body of troops or police on the march, vehicles must move with a speed not greater than 24 km/h.
  • It is not permitted to cross double unbroken white lines.
  • If double white lines are on the road and the line nearest to a vehicle is broken, a driver may cross the lines to overtake if it is safe. He can do so before reaching an unbroken white line on his side.
  • If the marked area on the road is bordered by an unbroken white line, drivers must not enter it except in an emergency.
  • It is not permitted to drive in a cycle lane.
  • Slow moving vehicles must keep to the left of the road.
  • Overtaking is not permitted at a corner or bend, a hump bridge, the brow of a hill.
  • On narrow hilly roads, vehicles which are going downhill, must stop and give way to vehicles proceeding uphill.
  • It is not permitted to turn left from the right lane and right from the left lane.
  • Drivers must not turn right on the red light under any circumstances.
  • At a controlled intersection, it is prohibited to turn left on red, except places specifically permitted by a sign.
  • When reaching the roundabout, drivers must give way to traffic on their right unless road markings indicate otherwise.
  • Drivers may use fog lights when they cannot see for more than 100 meters (328 ft) and must not use in other times.
  • Drivers must not use their horns in built up areas from 23:30 (11.30 p.m.) to 7:00 (7.00 a.m.) in a built up area.
  • Using radio, tape-recorder, phonogram, etc. is prohibited in public transports and goods vehicles.
  • It is forbidden to stop and park on:
  1. the pedestrian crossing;
  2. the carriageway of a motorway;
  3. a bus or cycle lane;
  4. a Clearway;
  5. by the zigzag lines.
  • Parking also is not permitted:
  1. by yellow lines along the edge of the carriageway;
  2. on a footpath, pavement or cycle track;
  3. at or near a bus stop or taxi rank;
  4. at level crossing;
  5. near a school entrance;
  6. within 10 metres (32 ft) of a intersection;
  7. except in an authorised parking space;
  8. near the brow of a hill or hump bridge;
  9. on the slip-road and the hard shoulder;
  10. in front of the entrance to a property.
  • It is not permitted to park at night facing against the direction of the traffic flow.

Additional information:

  • For safe crossing of roads by pedestrian at places, other than the intersections, special signals, which are called Pelican crossing, are provided.
  • At Pelican crossings, a flashing amber light will follow the red ‘STOP’ light. When the amber light is flashing, drivers must give way to any pedestrians on the crossing.
  • Drivers should never reverse from a side-road into a main road.
  • Flashing headlights lets another road user know the vehicle is there.
  • Any driver must have a valid driving license, car registration certificate, third party insurance, current fitness certificate, and the Highway and Motorway code.
  • Tires of cars, light vans and light trailers must have a continuous tread depth of at least 1.6 mm.
  • By law, it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that children under 14 years were transported with the law.
  • The police phone number is 15.

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