Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government on Monday reduced public transport fares by 18% to 25%, a news source reported. Advisor to the Chief Minister (CM) on Information & Public Relations Ajmal Khan Wazir stated that the provincial government took the decision in light of the reduced petroleum product prices in the country.
Wazir stated that the provincial government had issued instructions to transport authorities as well as transporters to implement the new fares. He added that the authorities concerned had issued a new list of fares and anyone violating it would face punishment.
For resuming public transport services in the province, the provincial government has circulated a list of SOPs, which include the following measures:
- Social distancing among passengers
- Passengers would board vehicles from back doors and exit from front doors while maintaining distance
- Disinfection of vehicles
- Checking passengers’ temperatures with thermal guns
- Bus station management to provide soap and sanitizer facility at terminals
- Terminals to follow social distancing policy among passengers
- Only vehicles with permits allowed to resume service
- Parking at a 5-metre distance between vehicles at marked points
- Temperature checks of all bus drivers and crew members prior to starting of duty, along with mandatory wearing of masks and gloves
- Bus conductor to help passengers sanitise their hands
- Passengers to wear masks and sit on seats marked