Will be allowed to carry only 50 percent passenger capacity with 50 percent hike in fares
The government has decided to allow the operation of short route public vehicles with strict adherence to health safety criteria. Government Spokesperson Dr Yubaraj Khatiwada shared that the meeting of the Council of Ministers held two days back took this decision.
The government had decided to allow partial operation of public vehicles which were completely halted since March 24 in the wake of COVID-19 menace.
Spokesperson Dr Khatiwada, who is also the Minister for Communications and Information Technology, however, said public vehicles will be allowed to carry only 50 percent passengers so that it would help minimize the risk of coronavirus spread.
Public vehicles can be operated throughout the Kathmandu Valley, while in case of the districts outside, they are asked to limit travel within the district, he said, adding that it would however take some days for the preparation. However, taxies can be operated now onwards.
It was also decided to allow the operation of the private vehicles in odd-even system within the district. The private vehicles can carry two persons except driver maintaining odd-even rotation. Two wheelers are also to follow the odd-even rule.
According to the government decision, only 50 percent passengers are allowed to travel in a vehicle. Only one passenger is allowed in the first row by maintaining social distancing. Facemasks, sanitizers and gloves are mandatory for passengers and vehicle staffs.
Until July 21, additional 50 percent transport fare set by the government can be charged on other vehicles except taxies. Likewise, vehicles belonging to industries, institutions and private service providers are allowed to carry only a staff in the first row.