rawalpindi - The cut in petroleum prices has made no difference for public transport users as transporters are looting the passengers by charging high fares across the city.

The Regional Transport Authority (RTA) is not barring this looting spree.

The rickshaw drivers are showing unruly attitude towards passengers if they object to this looting spree. No action has been taken against the defiant transporters.

According to a survey conducted by The Nation in different parts of the city yesterday, it was found the transporters have been charging old fares from passengers despite slash in petroleum prices. The drivers present lame excuses that they have not yet received the new fare lists while passengers said the transporters should reduce the fares after cut in oil prices .

Talking to The Nation, a large number of passengers also complained that the transporters were charging extra fares from them despite issuance of revised fare list. They said that Suzuki pickup drivers plying on routes including Raja Bazaar, Murree Road, Katcheri, Airport, Jhanda Cheechi, Soan, Sihala, Saddar, Dhoke Syedan, Baraf Khana Choke, Peshawar Road, Shalley Valley, Misrial, 22 Number Chungi, Tench, Bakra Mandi, Dhamial, Hayyal, Chakri Road and Adiala Road and Hiace and mini-wagon drivers moving on routes of 1C, 7, 21 and 24 were receiving extra fares from them.

Muhammad Aziz, a passenger who was going to Baraf Khana Chowk from Saddar in a pickup, said that he paid Rs 15 fare to the conductor. He added that this was old fare and the RTA should take action against the transporters.

Mrs Ijaz, another passenger said that the Suzuki pickup driver charged Rs 20 from her from Misrial to Saddar instead of Rs 15. She said that the transporters are looting passengers while RTA is not taking any action against them. “The government should take action against the transporters for fleecing the passengers,” said many other passengers interviewed by The Nation at Liaquat Bagh, Mareer Chowk, Raja Bazaar, Saddar, Chungi Number 22 and Katcheri. On the other hand, the drivers said that they have not received the new fare list and would charge less fare once they get new fare list. They alleged that the drivers and conductors misbehaved with them if they argued over this injustice. They demanded Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif and Secretary Transport Punjab to take notice of the issue and provide relief to the masses.

Secretary RTA Awais Manzoor Tarar, when contacted, said new fare lists have been issued to transporters which would be effective from today (Thursday) while strict action would be taken against the violators. He informed that stop to stop fare has been reduced by Rs 1 to Rs 3. He said that RTA would display new and old fare lists on all the bus stops. Special squads would be constituted to implement the new fares across the city, Awais pledged.