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PWAB, RSF against transport fare hike

| Updated: May 30, 2020 16:22:17


- FE file photo used for representational purpose - FE file photo used for representational purpose

Two passengers' welfare platforms on Friday warned that the government's decision to resume public transport services on limited scale might create anarchy in the sector.

They also opposed a proposed hike in transport fare and demanded an end to exiting syndicates and extortion in the transport sector.

Passenger Welfare Association of Bangladesh (PWAB) and Road Safety Foundation (RSF) made the appeal in two separate statements issued on Friday evening.

In its statement, PWAB urged the government not to raise bus and launch fares during the tough times caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, rather it called for lowering the fuel price and taking measures to help check extortion in the sector.

Secretary General of PWAB Mozammel Haque Chowdhury said the proposed additional fare will be a blow to the passengers, many of whom are already suffering due to financial crunch.

"The country's people, who had been going through tough times due to the long general holiday while very few of them could earn, will be in trouble in the wake of higher fare for different transports," he said, adding that the government should reduce the oil price in line with the international price.

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