Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Saturday (Aug 29) said the government has decided to reinstate previous fare for public transports on conditions from Sep 1, instead of the fare adjusted in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, considering the overall situation and public interest.
“Public transport will go back to previous fare from September 1. But health guidelines must be followed strictly. The transports would not carry additional passengers against seats, everyone – passengers, drivers and supervisors – must wear facemask and disinfectant should be used to keep vehicles germs free,” he said.
Quader, also Bangladesh Awami League General Secretary, was addressing a view-exchange with Dhaka road zone, BRTA and BRTC officials, joining it virtually from his official residence on parliament premises, local media reported.
Quader said hand washing facilities, including soaps and sanitizers, should be ensured and passengers must abide by the health guidelines properly to keep them safe from getting infected by the deadly virus.
The minister gave directives to Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) to issue a notification about the new decision side by side intensifying its regular monitoring measures to check the violation of government directives by vehicles on streets.
He also asked the highway police, district administrations and others concerned to remain more active in making the vehicles follow the directives.