HC orders public transports not to charge extra fare...

HC orders public transports not to charge extra fare

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 01:15 PM, 24 January 2022   Updated: 04:15 PM, 24 January 2022

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The High Court today has directed the public transport not to charge extra fare and take action to display the fare list in visible places inside the vehicle. Besides, it has been directed to take action in this regard within the next one month.

A High Court bench comprising Justice Mamunur Rahman and Justice Khandaker Diliruzzaman passed the order on Monday, confirmed Lawyer Md. Abu Taleb.

The writ petitioner Lawyer Md. Abu Taleb conducted the hearing. He was accompanied by Lawyer Mokhlesur Rahman and Barrister Mustasim Tanzer. Deputy Attorney General Bipul Bagmar represented the state.  

Lawyer Md. Abu Taleb ‍said the High Court wanted to know why the failure to formulate rules regarding an increase in fares of buses, minibusses and public transport and collecting fares without posting the fare list in visible places should not be declared illegal and against the law.

While the rule is under consideration, the BRTA has been directed to take necessary and effective measures to publish the fare list in public places where passengers can easily see the list of bus fares. 

Section 34 (3) of the Road Transport Act, 2018 states that no public transport can easily transport passengers “without displaying fare chart” in a visible place and according to section 34 (4), the owner, driver, conductor, person or organization of any public transport cannot claim or collect extra fare under sub-section (2).

Article 122 states that the Government may, by the notification of the Official Gazette, make rules for the purpose of this Act.