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Transport strike called off after re-fixing of bus fare

Transport strike called off after re-fixing of bus fare

Bangladesh Road Transport Owners' Association on Sunday (Nov 7) called off transport strike following the government's move of re-fixing the bus fare.

The transport association enforced the indefinite strike of public transport, trucks and lorries from Friday (Nov 5) morning with the demand of re-fixing bus fare.

The strike was called off following a meeting between Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and leaders of transport owners' association.

Transport owners' association Secretary General Enayet Ullah told media that they called of the strike following their meeting with BRTA Chairman Nur Mohammad Mazumder.

Road Transport and Bridges Ministry issued a press release re-fixing the fare of bus and minibus.

According to the re-fixed fare, diesel-run inter-district and long-route buses and mini-buses can realize maximum Tk 1.80 fare for per kilometer from every passenger which is now Tk 1.42. So, Tk 0.38 has been increased for per kilometer bus fare. 

For diesel-run buses and mini-buses in Dhaka and Chattogram cities, Tk 2.15 and Tk 2.05 fare have been re-fixed for per kilometer for every passenger which is now Tk 1.70 and Tk 1.60 respectively for buses and minibuses. So, Tk 0.45 fare has been extended for both buses and mini-buses for per kilometer. Minimum fare for bus and minibuses has been re-fixed as Tk 10 and Tk 8.

Per kilometer Tk 2.05 fare has been re-fixed for both buses and mini-buses in districts under Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (Narayanganj, Munshiganj, Narsingdi, Gazipur, Manikganj and Dhaka) for every passenger.

Petrol, octane and gas-run vehicles will not be under the purview of the extended fare.

The new fare rate will be effective from Monday (Nov 8).