Govt halts crackdown on buses that transport only seated passengers

Govt halts crackdown on buses that transport only seated passengers

Bangladesh Road Transport Authority Chairman Md Moshiar Rahman announced the latest move on Wednesday evening.

The decision was taken in a meeting convened by the BRTA amid sufferings of passengers facing a shortage of commutes since the raid began on Apr 16.

Mobile courts will however keep watch to make sure these services do not charge passengers more than the government-fixed fares, he said.

There is a possibility that these services will get a legal status if passengers want it, said the BRTA chief.

Earlier this month, Dhaka Road Transport Owners Association announced that buses that carry only seated passengers will be shut down as those were not officially recognised under route permits.

The Apr 16 raid led to a crisis of buses in the capital city after many transport companies pulled their vehicles off the roads, prompting the authorities to call it an artificial crisis.

But bus owners claimed drivers and their assistants were refusing to work because of the frequent scuffles with passengers over fare disputes

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