Bus fare hike challenged in High Court

M Moneruzzaman | Published: 00:46, Jun 02,2020


A Supreme Court lawyer on Monday filed a writ petition challenging the legality of 60 per cent hike in bus fare and sought a stay on the decision.

The writ petition is likely to be heard at the High Court today by the online bench of Justice JBM Hassan, petitioner Humaun Kabir Pallob told reporters.

Humaun Kabir said in the petition that the government’s decision of 60 per cent hike in bus fare was irrational, unlawful and repressive as the people were suffering from food and economic crisis due to prolonged shutdown amid the COVID 19 pandemic. 

The decision of bus fare hike was criticised by commuters, passengers’ welfare association and other rights organisations, he added.

On Sunday, the road transport and bridges ministry hiked the bus fare considering the proposal from the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority.

The bus fare was increased on condition that all buses would run at 50 per cent capacity to maintain social distancing and follow other health regulations during the pandemic period.

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