Exploitation: Escalating fares of public transport

The residents faced hardships firstly, searching for taxicabs and secondly, paying double fares.


September 03, 2011

ISLAMABAD:


The shortage of public vehicles and exorbitant fares of cabs on the third day of Eid-ul-Fitr continued to torment a large number of people thronging various recreational spots for merry making.


The number of public vehicles dropped abruptly on Eid days and the remaining ones also made an exit, as on Friday it was observed that the city roads were devoid of adequate numbers of vehicles.

A reduction in number of public transport was expected ahead of Eid days as the owners usually slash number of vehicles plying on city roads after sensing that majority of residents in the capital have already left for their native towns and villages.

The residents faced hardships firstly, searching for taxicabs and secondly, paying double fares.

“We have been experiencing for the last couple of days that in absence of sufficient public transport on city roads, the taxi drivers start fleecing people with extra charges,” Zareen Gul, a house wife commented.



Published in The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 2011.

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