The Punjab government had announced to run inter-city buses across the province from today but due to the refusal of transporters, buses running to various cities of Punjab are missing from the base.
The Punjab government had allowed transporters to run intercity buses with the SOP and had also announced a 20 per cent reduction in fares due to reduction in petroleum products.
Punjab Industries Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal had also announced yesterday that inter-city buses would run across Punjab from Monday, May 18.
But Ismatullah Niazi, chairman of the All Pakistan Public Transport Owners Association, refused to accept the Punjab government’s decision to refuse fares of half passengers by 20%, saying “we cannot run buses with these conditions.”
Ismatullah Niazi said that the Punjab government will not run transport until it makes a code of conduct (SOPs) with us.
Today all intercity buses are missing from the base, drivers, conductors and other staff are not present at the base.
On the other hand, the Punjab government has issued SOPs for running public transport.
According to the SOP, passengers will be given sanitizer before boarding the bus and passengers will be required to wear gloves and masks before boarding in the bus.
The notification said that there should be a distance of at least 6 feet between the passengers at the time of ticket purchase and in the waiting area. The washroom of the bus terminal will be washed with chlorine water.
The SOP also said that the bus will be sprayed with antiseptic before departure and the body temperature of passengers, drivers and conductors will be checked.