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Quader: 25-30% bus seats must be kept empty, no standing passengers

  • Published at 07:15 pm May 29th, 2020
File photo of Awami League General Secretary Obaidul QuaderMahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The new bus fare will be fixed on Saturday

Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said buses will have to keep 25-30% seats vacant and cannot carry standing passengers while plying on roads from Sunday.

“Passengers will have to get on bus in three lines and must keep three feet distance from each other,” he stated, UNB reports.

Quader announced these directives while speaking at a meeting with vehicle owners, labourers’ organisations at the office of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) on Friday.

As the buses will carry less passengers, the question was raised over bus fare, said Quader adding that BRTA committee will fix the bus fare.

Minister also directed to clean each and every bus with disinfectants before plying on roads while passengers, drivers and helpers must wear face masks.

Drivers and helpers will not be permitted to be on duty constantly, he added.

Considering the livelihoods of lakhs of transports workers, vehicles have been permitted to ply on roads, said Quader adding that owners will have to keep that in mind and follow the directives.

Drivers and helpers will be provided counselling at every terminal, he added.

People criticised permitting public transports, so buses must ply following the rules while BRTA will continue conducting its mobile courts.

“The bus fare will be fixed tomorrow [Saturday]”, said Road secretary, Md Nazrul Islam.

The government has decided to allow limited operation of public transport, State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said.

Public transports – buses, trains and vessels – will have to maintain health guidelines, Hossain said.

“The district administration will ensure that health rules are being followed,” he said.

Public transports were shut after the government announced general holidays from March 26 to contain the transmission of coronavirus.

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