PHC directs PTA to ensure transport safety

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The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Sunday directed the government and the Provincial Transport Authority (PTA), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to extensively examine all the CNG-fitted public transport vehicles to ensure that they meet the international standards and are not dangerous to the passengers.
The court, in an official handout, also directed that the buses with 50 or more passenger seats should have four fire extinguishers, while the medium and small size coaches should have two fire extinguishers to ensure safety of the passengers. It was further directed that the PTA and other concerned transport bodies shall ensure that the passengers were not boarded on a vehicle beyond its authorized seating capacity, adding that the motor mobile patrolling inspectors (MMPI) (Motor Mobile patrolling Inspectors) should be provided to the PTA in this regard. The court also directed the Traffic assistant inspector general (AIG) to personally launch the scheme in collaboration with the PTA so that the order of the court was fully implemented. The court maintained that a violation of this order would be taken seriously and the offending official would be prosecuted for contempt of court. The PTA was further directed to modify or issue a corrigendum notification within 10 days, fixing the same rate of fare within Peshawar, with 25 percent discount for the CNG-fitted vehicles.