Female motorbike riding classes started in December 2012 at SMILE in Lahore. The first group of trainees had high hopes to see their city and then country on motorbikes with support from tourism organizations and female motorbike rallies in the future.
This initiative taken by School of Motoring Lahore (SMILE) was supported by Atlas Honda Limited who provided motorbikes for training with expert trainers under the guidance of Mr. Tasleem Shuja. Talking to Mobile World, Asif J Khawaja, Chief Instructor at SMILE, said that response from the community has been very encouraging. So far more than 50 girls from Pakistan Railway Police, Rescue 1122, Girl Guides and public in general have completed their 5 days “Motorbike Riding Course”. He was of the view that soon after Eid girls in batches of around 20 will start driving motorbikes on the roads of Lahore in organised rallies.
In last six months many stakeholders have joined SMILE for the common cause of encouraging female riders to drive different brands with safety. Separate formal MoU’s have been signed with Atlas Honda Limited, Pakistan Bikers Club and another with Back Packers Club & MAP under patronage of Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab. Later is specifically for promoting tourism with Safety.
With cooperation and support of these partners tourism rallies for the trained female riders will be starting from September this year. Project Director Naheed Niazi informed that the city police of Lahore will provide driving license facilities to females within the premises of SMILE where training is being given, which is the Railway Police Training Centre Walton Railway Complex, Walton Road, Lahore.
From next month these courses may also be conducted at girls’ colleges and professional institutes having their own suitable and safe grounds. Where on one side more vehicle manufacturers are joining hands to support this noble cause on the other various Chinese and European brands of Scooties have also been introduced to the local market.
Understanding the travel problems of college and universities female students Government of Punjab is introducing battery operated Scooties for them in very near future. Further details of this proposal are still awaited.
-Published on page# 18 July-2013 edition of MOBILE WORLD Magazine