Rawalpindi - The transporters are fleecing the passengers on almost all the routes in the city by charging extra fare despite issuance of revised fare list and decrease in oil prices.

The passengers said the fare has been reduced considerably by the authorities concerned but the transporters are charging the old fare from them. The situation is same in other areas of Rawalpindi division including Murree, Rawat, Gujar Khan, Chakwal, Jatli, Jhelum, Taxila and Wah Cannt.

However, the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) is taking no action against the transport mafia that is looting poor passengers round the clock right under the nose of secretary RTA.

Talking to The Nation yesterday, Shumaila Naz, an MSc student of a private university, said that she has to travel between Dhamial and 22 Number stop. She added the fare has been fixed Rs 15 by the RTA but the drivers are charging Rs 20, the old fare. She added that the drivers and conductors misbehave with passengers whenever they stage protest over their looting spree.

Zulfiqar Ali, a passenger who was going in a Suzuki van to Baraf Khana Chowk from Saddar, also complained that the transporters are charging old fare. “I have submitted a written application with Secretary RTA regarding injustice of transport mafia but all in vain,” he said adding that the transport mafia has been robbing the passengers off round the clock right under the nose of Secretary RTA but no legal action was being taken against them.

The passengers said that transporters plying on Murree Road, Raja Bazaar, Mareer Hassan, Katcheri, Moragh Mor, Soan, Airport, Rahimabad, Jhanda, Dhoke Hafiz, Adiala Road, Tench, Dhoke Syedan, Misrial, Chuhur Chowk, Chakra, Dhoke Syedan, Chakri, Bakra Mandi, Ahmed Abad, Lalkurti, Dheri and many other routes have been charging old fares while openly ignoring the revised fare lists.

A large number of drivers and conductors, interviewed by The Nation, said that the revised fare list has been cancelled by RTA after a protest staged by the transporters over high cut in fares. They said that the new fare list would be issued by March 20 and they would charge the new fare after this.

“The RTA has not withdrawn any revised fare list; rather it has implemented the fare list issued by Punjab government on March 2,” said Secretary RTA Awais Manzoor Tarar, when contacted for his comments over the issue. He said that RTA while taking action issued fine tickets to some 22 violators. He informed that RTA has also impounded 6 vehicles on similar charges. “Transporters should follow the fare list and avoid looting passengers or else strict action would be taken against them,” warned Tarar.

The passengers demanded chief minister Punjab and secretary transport authority to come forward and rescue them from being looted at the hands of the transport mafia.