Public transports plying with new rules
Published: 11:44 AM, 15 January 2022 Updated: 01:28 PM, 15 January 2022
The public transport will run as per the changed rules from today (Saturday, January 15) in compliance with government directives to tackle COVID cases.
The buses will carry passengers as many seats as there following the hygiene rules. However, passengers cannot be carried ‘standing’ on the bus. Sanitizer should be kept on the bus. Drivers and workers will not be able to drive buses without a COVID vaccine certificate.
Launches and trains will ply half the seats vacant. Everyone has to wear a mask.
Railway Secretary Dr. Humayun Kabir said the train would carry passengers as many seats as there from Saturday in compliance with government directives.
According to BIWTA sources, the fare will not increase even if the launch travels with half the seats vacant.
Khandaker Enayet Ullah, general secretary of the Dhaka Road Transport Owners Association, said there would be a crisis in public transport if buses were run with “half the seats left vacant”. “The BRTA chairman verbally confirmed that the bus would ply with ‘as many seats as there are passengers’,” he added.
The government has imposed 11-point restrictions as Covid-19 cases continue to grow at an alarming rate. The countrymen will have to abide by these restrictions from last Thursday until further notice. These restrictions include banning all social, political, and religious gatherings in the open. It was mentioned in the notification by the Cabinet Division that the Ministry of Road Transport will take a decision regarding the control of commuters in public transport.