Tuesday, 4 October, 2022

Increased Bus Fare

Passengers, conductors locked in altercation

  • Special Correspondent
  • 8 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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Arguments erupted between bus conductors and passengers in the capital and elsewhere throughout the country, as the latter were charged more than the government-fixed fare.

Passengers and transport workers got even involved in scuffle over the increased fare in many parts of the country.

Aktar Hossain, who ekes out a living from a small cigarette shop in Gazipur Chowrasta area, often has to travel on the Dhaka-Gazipur route to see a doctor, as he has long been suffering from heart and kidney problems.

Two days ago, he paid Tk 50 for the trip on the route, but conductors demanded Tk 80 after the fuel price hike, he added. Like Aktar Hossain, almost all the low-income people are now in the same boat.

The increased fare has come as a big blow to them, said Hamidur Rahman, a small shopkeeper of Mirpur's Sixty Feet area.

Meanwhile, seven magistrates conducted mobile courts in different streets of the capital on Sunday morning to stop charging extra bus fares.

A mobile court in Shariatpur fined three bus companies Tk 60,000 for overcharging passengers.

Shariatpur Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer and Executive Magistrate Mandeep Gharai led the mobile court.

The magistrate said Shariatpur Super Service bus was fined Tk 25,000 while Shariatpur Paribahhan Tk 25,000 and Shariatpur Transport Tk 10,000.

General Secretary of Bangladesh Road Transport Owners Association Enayet Ullah told journalists, “Our living cost has increased by 70 percent, but still we have accepted the government's decision thinking about the citizens”.

Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) on Saturday night announced the new fares for public transport services in the city and highways in the wake of increased fuel price.

It increased bus fare by 35 paisa per km for movement within city and 40 paisa for long-distance journey. The new rate came into effect on Sunday.