With the intent of offering relief to private transporters who had to bear terrible losses due to COVID-19 induced lockdowns, Sindh Government’s transport division has withdrawn the penalty on the route-permit fee. The development took place in a bid to assist the struggling transport sector and reestablish some of the lost momentum caused by the lockdown restrictions.
As per the reports, the transporters shall be absolved of the penalties imposed on a quarterly basis between April to June. Furthermore, for those who’ve already paid the fees, they can approach the finance department to reclaim their amount.
Apart from the route permit fee, the department has withdrawn all fees on the ‘Motor Vehicle Fitness Certificate’ as well for the aforementioned time period.
In pertinent news, the Sindh government recently allowed the inter-provincial transport services to restart their business under the mandatory standard operating procedures (SOPs) to mitigate the resurgence of COVID-19 in the region.
This announcement was made by the province’s Transport Minister, Syed Awais Shah on September 8th, 2020. As per the announcement, the transporters must comply with the government issued SOPs and it is also mandatory for the passengers to use face masks.
Shah also stated that due to the successful smart lockdown strategy and with the noticeable decline in the number of COVID-19 cases, the government decided to allow all industries to recommence their operations while abiding by the SOPs issued by the government.