Punjab transporters say govt SOPs not feasible

By: News Desk      Published: 04:07 PM, 17 May, 2020
Punjab transporters say govt SOPs not feasible
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Punjab Transporters Association has announced that the standard operating procedures (SOPs) given to them by the provincial government are not practicable.

Addressing a news conference in Lahore on Sunday, the office-bearers of the Transporters Association insisted that the government’s SOPs to operate buses are unimplementable. They said that the government has not been providing the SOPs in the written form.

They also demanded cut in toll tax and suspension of token tax for a one-year period.

The transporters leaders said that the government has allowed the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to increase the fares but on the other hand, the transporters were asked to cut the fares by 20 percent ahead of Eidul Fitr.

On Friday, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar gave the go-ahead to resume public transport service across the province, which had been suspended since the lockdown was imposed.

Buzdar directed the relevant authorities to formulate SOPs (standard operating procedures) for the purpose so that the service could be resumed safely amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Buzdar also said the restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the virus were being eased to provide relief to the citizens and people attached to the transport sector.