Good transporters reduce fares by 25 to 30pc
According to details, in order to provide relief to the masses after reduction in diesel price, the goods transporters have decided to slash fares by 25 to 30 percent.
The National Coordination Committee (NCC) in its meeting had decided to lift a ban on goods transport across the country in order to maintain a supply of daily use commodities.
The decision was taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan who said that there should not be any shortage of daily use commodities in the country due to Coronavirus lockdown.
On the other hand, All Pakistan Transport Association announced to not resume public transport in Punjab from Monday (May 18) due to concerns over SOPs issued by the government in the wake of coronavirus.
Addressing a press conference on Sunday, transporters body chairman Asmatullah Niazi said that SOPs were not the same as they were communicated by the government earlier.
He said that resuming transport with fifty percent decrease in passengers and 20pc cut in fares was not feasible.
The government did not issue the SOPs which were designed after having consultation with the transporters community, he said.
“We have accepted decrease in fare but shrinking the passenger capacity is not acceptable,” Niazi said.
All Pakistan Public Transport Owners Federation Chairman Muhammad Akram Zaki said that the government did not give exemption from toll tax and other fees.
“How we can run the transport with 90pc deficit,” he questioned.
The government had announced to allow the public transport in Punjab in order to facility public ahead of Eid al Fitr as people travelled to their hometowns and relatives during vacations.
However, it had introduced SOPs for transporters to follow during the travel in order to control the spread of the coronavirus.