Regional Transport Authority (RTA) has directed the transporters to avoid overcharging of public transport fares on the occasion of Eid.
Secretary RTA, Khalid Satti said that many people go to their hometowns to celebrate the festival with their loved ones which is a common feature. People from abroad as well as major cities make it a point to be home with their kith and kin for the festivities. However, the transporters have a habit of fleecing the home bound people by charging exorbitant rates.
He said that stern action would be taken against transporters found overcharging and overloading the passengers. The relevant officers have been directed to check overcharging and overloading of passengers in buses and vans especially before Eidul Fitr.
The checking will be carried out randomly at different places. Strict action will be taken on the spot and excess fares will be returned to the passengers.
He informed that a meeting in this regard was arranged and the transporters have been directed to display the fare charts at prominent places at the bus and van stands. The transporters have also been warned of strict action against overcharging and overloading with punitive measures will be placed at different locations.
He requested the commuters to cooperate with the relevant authorities and inform on RTA’s UAN number or on the complaint number if any transporter charges extra fare or misbehaves with them adding that special squads have been deployed to conduct raids to check overcharging and overloading to facilitate the commuters moving to their native towns to celebrate the festive occasion with their families.
Transporters over charging goes unchecked during Eid holidays as number of people go to their villages to spend Eid with their family. Many vans and private transport charge commuters with double fares to reach their destinations.
Transporters despite revised fare list overcharge to mint money on the pretext of running their vehicles on petrol, adding that overloading, misbehaviour and exchange of harsh words have become a routine.
Passengers at various bus terminals claimed that transporters keep fares high during special occasions particularly Eidul Fitr.
Moreover, commuters have complained that the transporters charge equal fares for regular and folding seats, which are smaller and much more uncomfortable.