Transporters on Sunday while refusing to accept the standard operating procedures (SOPs) laid out by the government said that it is not viable to run public transport with 50 percent reduction in passengers and 20 percent in fares.
The transporters were of the view that it is not viable to run public transport with 50 percent reduction in passengers and 20 percent in fares, adding that the government should sit down with the transporter associations and formulate SOPs.
The owners of the public transport demanded the government reduce the toll tax by 50 percent and exempt them from token tax for one year.
All Pakistan Public Transport Association (APPTA) that transporters will not resume services from Monday and this situation would persist until new SOPs are made by the government.
APPTA Chairman Asmat Nizai said, “We are ready to reduce the fares but the government should negotiate with us and formulate new SOPS and also asked the government to provide relief to the sector.
On the other hand, the transporters in Sindh while demanding the provincial government to resume bus service in the province threatened open bus services from May 20.
Addressing a press conference in Karachi, Sindh Inter-City Bus Owner Association President Rab Nawaz Muzaffar said that Sindh Transport Minister Awais Shah should end his stubbornness and announce the opening of bus service in the province.