News Desk: The Dhaka Road Transport Owners Association has informed in a notification that some things have to be accepted in collecting the rescheduled bus fare.
On Wednesday (August 10), the notice signed by Somdani Khandkar, office secretary of the Dhaka Road Transport Owners Association, said that an emergency meeting was held at the central office of the Dhaka Road Transport Owners Association on August 8 afternoon to discuss organizational matters including the implementation of revised bus fares of BRTA. It was presided over by the general secretary of the association, Khandaker Enayet Ullah.
Chairman and MD of Dhaka's 120 transport companies and presidents and general secretaries of all route owner associations were present in the meeting. After detailed discussion on this issue in the meeting, some decisions were taken.
The decisions are-
1. Fares must be collected as per BRTA chart – no additional fares can be collected outside of the chart. Fare chart must be displayed in a visible place on every vehicle.
2. 9 Vigilance Teams comprising owners were formed in the meeting to ensure that no additional fares are collected from BRTA rescheduled fares on any transport vehicles. These teams will take legal action along with BRTA magistrates to monitor all irregularities.
3. Vehicles plying on Dhaka city and suburban routes will not have any slabs on their waybills. There will be no checkers on the road. From one stop to another, the car doors will be closed, not open. The vehicle must be stopped as per the stoppage in the route permit.
This decision will be effective from August 10. The press release also informed that the activities of vigilance team will continue till the collection of excess rent is stopped.
Earlier, the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) increased the bus fares in response to the demands of the landlords due to the increase in fuel prices. The new fare is effective from August 7.
As per BRTA's decision, fare per passenger for long-distance buses has been increased by 40 paisa to 2 taka 20 paisa per kilometer. And in the metropolis, 35 paisa is increased by 2 taka 50 paisa for every kilometer. Apart from this, the minimum fare is set at Tk 10 for buses and Tk 8 for minibuses.
BRTA Chairman Noor Mohammad Majumder informed about these issues after a meeting with transport sector leaders and bus owners at BRTA Chairman's office in Banani, capital on August 6.