Transport across Punjab will run under security measures from Monday: Provincial Minister for Industry
The Punjab government has said that all major transporters have gladly accepted the government code of conduct (SOPs).
All Pakistan Public Transport Owners Federation refuses to run buses on Punjab government’s terms but the provincial minister of industry and trade Mian Aslam Iqbal has said, except for a few transporters with political affiliations, all the transporters have assured the government of implementation of the code.
Mian Aslam Iqbal says regulations were drawn up in consultation with transporters to prevent the spread of the virus, all major transporters have gladly accepted the code announced by the government and from tomorrow, transport across Punjab will be completed by completing security measures.
The provincial minister said that there would be no ban on leaving empty seats for members of the same family in the bus while all passengers, including the driver and conductor, must wear a mask and spray disinfectant on the bus before leaving the base.
He further said that full action would be taken against those who violated the code of conduct announced with regard to overcharging, overcrowding or corona.
It may be recalled that Punjab Chief Minister Usman Bazdar had yesterday given permission to open intercity and inter-district transport and online taxi service. He also announced a 20% reduction in fares.
However, the Public Transport Owners Federation has refused to run buses on government terms, saying it cannot run at fixed fares after seating half the capacity.