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[1][1]The [2][2][Punjab] Bus Stands and Traffic Control (Lahore) Ordinance, 1963

(W.P. Ordinance XIX of 1963)

[6 June 1963]

An Ordinance to provide for measures to remove and prevent traffic congestion and to regulate movement of vehicular traffic within the Lahore Municipal Corporation, and to validate the actions taken under the Martial Law order No. 112, issued by the Martial Law Administrator, Zone ‘B’ and the West Pakistan Ordinance No. XXI of 1962

WHEREAS the Martial Law Order No. 112 was issued by the Martial Law Administrator, Zone ‘B’ on the 8th February 1962, with effect from the 1st December, 1961, and on its repeal by President’s Order No. 29 of 1962, it was continued by the Governor of West Pakistan by promulgating the West Pakistan Martial Law Orders (Continuance in Force) Ordinance, 1962 (West Pakistan Ordinance No. XXI of 1962);

            AND WHEREAS the validity of the said Martial Law Order and the said West Pakistan Ordinance and the actions taken thereunder has been questioned;

            AND WHEREAS it is expedient to provide for measures to remove and prevent traffic congestion and to regulate movement of vehicular traffic within the Lahore Municipal Corporation and to validate the actions taken in pursuance of the said Martial Law Order No.112 and the said West Pakistan Ordinance No. XXI of 1962;

            AND WHEREAS the Assembly of the Province of West Pakistan is not in session and the Governor of West Pakistan is satisfied that circumstances exist which render immediate legislation necessary;

            Now, THEREFORE, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by clause (1) of Article 79 of the Constitution, the Governor of West Pakistan is pleased to make and promulgate the following Ordinance:-

1.         Short title and commencement.— (1) This Ordinance may be called the [3][3][Punjab] Bus Stands and Traffic Control (Lahore) Ordinance, 1963.

            (2)        It shall come into force at once and shall be deemed to have taken effect on and from the first day of December, 1961.

2.         Prohibition of keeping bus stands.— No person, company or association plying stage carriages to, from, or through the local limits of the Lahore Municipal Corporation, shall keep any stand (adda) or use any place, including a highway, road or street, within the said limits, for picking up or setting down the passengers or halting the vehicles except under and in accordance with the terms of an authority issued by the Commissioner, Lahore.

3.         Truck stands.— No goods carrier shall, save for loading or unloading goods, halt at any place within the local limits of Lahore Municipal Corporation other than a place approved by the Commissioner, Lahore.

4.         Provision and maintenance of the bus stands.— The Commissioner, Lahore, may require the Lahore Municipal Corporation, to provide and maintain bus stands at such places within the municipal limits of the Corporation as may be approved by the Commissioner.

5.         Construction of bus stands, etc.— Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in the Punjab Town Improvement Act, 1922 or any scheme sanctioned thereunder, the Commissioner, Lahore, may direct the Lahore Improvement Trust to construct temporary or permanent bus stands and approaches and roads leading from such stands to any place or places within the limits of the Lahore Municipal Corporation.

6.         Powers of the Commissioner.— Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 (Act I of 1894), the Town Improvement Act, 1922 (Punjab Act IV of 1922) as amended by the Punjab Town Improvement (West Pakistan Amendment) (Ordinance XVIII of 1962), the Municipal Administration Ordinance, 1960 (Ordinance No.X of 1960), or any other law for the time being in force, or in any decree, judgment or order of any Court or Authority, the Commissioner, Lahore, for the purposes of this Ordinance, may—

      (a)  acquire any land required for the bus stands, approaches and roads and eject forcibly any person in possession thereof, on payment of such compensation as the Commissioner deems fit on the principles laid down in the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 (Act I of 1894);

      (b)  lay down the routes to be followed by any stage carriage or goods carrier within the limits of the Lahore Municipal Corporation;

      (c)  regulate timings of arrival and departure of stage carriages plying from, to, or through the Lahore Municipal Corporation;

      (d)  frame rules for the administration of bus and truck stands established under this Ordinance.

7.         Officers authorized to impound stage carriages and goods carriers.— Any stage carriage or goods carrier found plying or at halt in contravention of the directions issued by the Commissioner, Lahore, under this Ordinance shall be impounded by an officer authorised by the Commissioner in this behalf, or by any police officer, not below the rank of an Assistant Sub-Inspector. Any vehicle so impounded shall not be released except by or under the orders of the Commissioner, Lahore.

8.         Payment of rent.— Any person, company or association using the municipal bus stands in Lahore for operating stage carriages or using a truck stand maintained by the Municipal Corporation, Lahore, or using land belonging to the Municipal Corporation, Lahore, for running a truck stand shall pay such rent to the Corporation as may be approved by the Commissioner, Lahore, in this behalf. Any rent due from any such person, company or association shall be recoverable as arrears of land revenue.

9.         Delegation of powers.— The Commissioner, Lahore, may delegate any of the powers vested in him under this Ordinance to any officer subordinate to him, or to the Lahore Improvement Trust or the Lahore Municipal Corporation or any officer thereof.

10.    Exemption.— The Commissioner, Lahore, may exempt any vehicle or class of vehicles from the operation of all or any of provisions of this Ordinance.

11.    Penalty.— Any person who contravenes or attempts to contravene or abets the contravention of any provisions of this Ordinance or any directions issued by the Commissioner, Lahore, in pursuance of this Ordinance or the rules framed under clause (d) of section 6, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine which may extend to five thousand rupees, or with both.

12.    Validation.— Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 (Act I of 1894), the Town Improvement Act, 1922 (Punjab Act IV of 1922), as amended by the Punjab Town Improvement (West Pakistan Amendment) (Ordinance No.XVIII of 1962), the Municipal Administration Ordinance, 1960 (Ordinance No.X of 1960), or any other law for the time being in force, or in any decree, judgment or order of any Court or Authority, anything done, possession taken or delivered, ejectment made, compensation assessed or paid, allotment made, terms and conditions settled, routes laid, timings fixed, rules framed, direction given or order issued by the Commissioner, Lahore, the Lahore Improvement Trust, Lahore Municipal Corporation, or any other authority in pursuance of the said Martial Law Order No. 112 or the said West Pakistan Ordinance No. XXI of 1962, shall be deemed to have been validly done, taken or delivered, made, assessed or paid, made, settled, laid, fixed, framed, given or issued respectively under this Ordinance and shall be continued.



[1][1]This Ordinance was promulgated by the Governor of West Pakistan on 6th June, 1963; approved by the Provincial Assembly of West Pakistan on 12th July, 1963, under clause (3) of Article 79 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (1962); and, published in the West Pakistan Gazette (Extraordinary), dated 12th July, 1963.

[2][2]Substituted by the Punjab Laws (Adaptation) Order, 1974 (Pb. A.O. 1 of 1974), for “West Pakistan”.

[3][3]Substituted by the Punjab Laws (Adaptation) Order, 1974 (Pb. A.O. 1 of 1974), for “West Pakistan”.

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