KARACHI: Transport department launched a crackdown on Saturday against intra-city passenger buses which are collecting high transportation fares.
At least 41 buses were imposed a fine of Rs 56,000 for collecting high fares. Moreover, ten buses were refrained from operating in the city for being unfit to carry passengers and a collection of high fares.
Sindh transport minister Syed Awais Qadir Shah said that the crackdown was launched in Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana, Sukkur, Dadu, Mirpurkhas, Badin, Thatta, Khairpur, Noshehro Feroze, Shikarpur and other cities of the province. He ordered to cancel the permits of buses collecting high fares and directed the transport department secretary and regional secretaries to submit reports in this regard on a daily basis. The transport minister also said that more than 40 unregistered chingchi rickshaws have been restricted from operating in Larkana with a fine of Rs 10,000 imposed on each. Furthermore, LPG and CNG cylinders of numerous vehicles, in Hyderabad, Sukkur and Jacobabad, were seized for being unfit.
Challans of Rs 11,000 were issued to 13 vehicles in Sanghar and Rs 5,000 of extra money collected in the name of fares was returned back to the passengers. He said that unregistered chingchi rickshaws’ drivers had been given time to get registered. The action has been taken after the given deadline to the transporters expired.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 3rd, 2019.