Transport strike on in twin cities

Transport strike on in twin cities Rawalpindi— Commuters had to face severe difficulties in twin cites of Rawalpindi and Islamabad due to transporters strike against cancellation of revised fares on Saturday.
Allied Transport Union has said that the chief commissioner is not entitled to cancel the fare order and called for reversal of the cancellation.  It is worth mentioning here that around 5,000 mini buses and coaches ply on 30 routes in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, however, the commuters had to face difficulties owing to the strike.

The administration had cancelled the revised fares after two-day violent protests by students. Allied Transport Union leader Sultan Awan while talking to a Private TV Channel said that vehicles would return to roads only when law and order situation is be improved.

The absence of public transport vehicles caused great hardship to the citizens who were forced to travel on the cabs, which took full advantage of the situation and charged the passengers at will.

Ahmed Kashif Saeed, a resident of Islamabad, said “taxi drivers always ask you for a minimum of Rs150 if you are travelling from Zero Point to Peshawar Mor.”

A general impression is that Police are responsible for checking drivers from overcharging. However, the Traffic police claimed that the issue did not fall under their jurisdiction.

“We are aware of the problem but we have no control over taxi drivers,” said an official of the Islamabad Traffic Police help line.

He said they would not entertain any complaint regarding yellow cabs. “We would listen to you only if you are being charged higher fares by public transport vehicles.” He said it was up to the passenger as at what fare he hires a cab.“Yellow cab drivers are issued the commercial vehicle licence by the motor vehicle inspector, so they are not under our authority,” he claimed. Online

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