Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said the government has adjusted the bus fares for justified reasons.
He made the remarks while talking to the officials of the Bridge Division through videoconferencing from his official residence on Monday.
The minister called upon the passengers and transport workers to abide by the heahygiene rules and conditions announced by the government.
“The government has adjusted the fares for practical needs. I urge the owners and workers to operate the vehicle in compliance with the hygiene and conditions.
Despite the limitations, we are increasing the capacity day by day,” he said.
Quader, warned that stern steps will be taken if the health guidelines are not followed and social distancing is not maintained in public transport.
He also said the coronavirus situation in the country will deteriorate if people do not follow health guidelines and maintain social distancing.
Earlier on Sunday, the government reset fares of long-haul buses and minibuses across the country, hiking those by 60 percent to offset losses for transport owners as their vehicles will carry 50 percent less passengers to contain the transmission of coronavirus.
The Road Transport and Bridges Ministry issued a gazette notification in this regard on Sunday.
It said the new bus fares will be applicable during the coronavirus crisis period and the existing ones would be reinstated once the nation gets rid of the crisis.
The additional fares for inter-district and long routes buses and minibuses will be increase by 60 from the current Tk 1.42 for a kilometer, the notification added.
It also said the extra 60 percent fare will be added to the existing bus, minibus fares of Tk 7 and Tk 5 in Dhaka and Chattogram metropolitan cities respectively.
The notification also said that bus and minibus plying in Narayanganj, Munshiganj, Narsingdi, Gazipur, Manikganj and Dhaka district under Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA), will be allowed to charge extra fare with the existing fare of Tk 1.60 per kilometer.
Each passenger must take a seat and keep the adjacent seat empty and no bus and minibus will be allowed to carry over 50 percent passengers.
The bus services resumed in the country from today (Monday) after over two months of suspension due to the coronavirus shutdown.