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   Bangladesh
Fares unchanged as half-capacity bus trips begin Saturday
  12, January, 2022, 7:02:4:PM

Online Desk : Public bus service resumed operations upon following certain protocols after remaining halted for two months amid the coronavirus crisis. Each bus had to carry passengers half to its capacity on Jun 1, 2020.

Transport owners are not raising fares now as buses will start carrying passengers at half capacity on Saturday following a government order amid surging coronavirus cases.

The decisions were taken at a meeting between the owners and Bangladesh Road Transport Authority on Wednesday.

On Monday the government announced the new restrictions, which will take effect on Thursday, in a bid to control the spread of the highly infectious COVID-19 variant. It ordered buses and trains to operate at half capacity and ensure physical distancing and other health rules.

Authorities mandated carrying coronavirus vaccine certificates for all drivers and assistants of trains, buses and launches. People will also need to show vaccine certificates to dine in restaurants or stay in hotels.

After the announcement, transport owners said they wanted to raise fares once again to offset their losses.The latest development mirrors government steps last year when the fares of public transports were raised by 60 percent to operate at half capacity.


However, this time around, their demand comes on top of a 27 percent fare hike for buses and 35 percent for launches, which was approved in November last year due to a rise in fuel prices.

Enayet Ullah, secretary general of the Bangladesh Road Transport Owners’ Association, had said, “We won’t even make enough money to pay for the fuel if we run at half capacity. We raised fares by 60 percent after the decision last time.”

After Wednesday’s meeting, Enayet said they will follow the instructions issued by the Cabinet Division.

Ramesh Chandra Ghosh, chairman of the Bus-truck Owners’ Association, said the transport owners want to operate at full capacity following the health rules.

“It becomes impossible to transport passengers at half capacity during office hours in Dhaka. So, we’ve asked [BRTA] to allow us to take passengers on all seats. We’ve promised not to take standing passengers.”


Source: bdnews24.com



  
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