KATHMANDU: Despite the government directive for a public vehicle to carry passengers only half than its actual seat capacity, many passenger vehicles plying in the outskirts of Kathmandu have largely violated the COVID-19 safety rules.
The Department of Transport Management has asked public vehicles to carry passengers half than their seat capacity when the government removed almost four months’ long nationwide lockdown to normalize activities since July 22. On the day after the lockdown was lifted, a public vehicle (Ba 3 Kha 623) plying between Sundarijal and Ratnapark was carrying passengers more than its seat capacity, according to Surendra Shrestha, who traveled on the vehicle.
However, vehicles plying within the Ring Road have followed the rules. Failure of traffic police to monitor the malpractice in public vehicles has made the matter worse. When asked, Bamdev Gautam, Spokesperson for the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division, Ramshahpath admitted to their failure to monitor the negligence. He blamed a lack of human resources for it. An only limited number of the workforce was on duty at Tokha and Budhanilkantha.
Human resources were focused at the center of Kathmandu city. From today, the workforce has been deployed on motorcycles at the areas outside the Ring Road like Sankhu, Gokarna, and Bhaisepati to check whether the rules have been implemented properly. Those flouting the rules will face action, said the Division. On Tuesday alone, 28 public vehicles and 277 private ones have faced action for violating the rules, said Spokesperson Gautam.
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