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NHA Mandates M-Tag For All Motorway Vehicles

NHA Mandates M-Tag For All Motorway Vehicles

The National Highway Authority (NHA) has implemented a mandatory requirement for M-tags for all vehicles utilizing motorways, effective from Tuesday, February 6, 2024. This decision aims to enhance the convenience of individuals and facilitate the smooth flow of traffic at the entrance and exit points of motorways.

To adhere to this requirement, motorists are instructed to visit the customer care center with their vehicle registration book/card and CNIC to have M-tags affixed to their vehicles. The NHA spokesperson emphasized that, starting from Tuesday, vehicles without M-tags will not be granted entry onto motorways.

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This initiative aligns with a previous announcement made by the National Highways & Motorway Police (NH&MP) officials on December 29. At that time, it was communicated that vehicles without an M-Tag would not be permitted on the motorways starting January 1, 2024. The NH&MP had issued a warning, urging travelers to obtain the mandatory M-tags for their vehicles before the specified date.

As of January 1, 2024, both car owners and passenger buses lacking an M-tag would face a prohibition on entering motorways, accompanied by fines imposed by the NH&MP. This regulation encompasses all motorways, including the Islamabad-Peshawar M-1, Lahore-Abdul Hakeem M-3, Pindi Bhattian-Multan M-4, Multan-Sukkur M-5, Hakla-Dera Ismail Khan M-14, and Hasan Abdal-Mansehra Expressway E-35.

The Islamabad-Lahore M-2 Motorway, which witnesses the daily passage of around 150,000 vehicles, is among those affected by this regulation. Vehicles equipped with an M-tag can seamlessly navigate through checkpoints, avoiding potential traffic congestion.

This mandatory M-tag requirement not only serves the purpose of ensuring the efficient management of traffic on motorways but also emphasizes the importance of compliance with regulations for all motorway users. The implementation of such measures contributes to the overall safety and orderliness of motorway travel, benefitting both motorists and the authorities responsible for maintaining the motorway infrastructure.