Minister Mahaseth to ‘rethink’ decision to ban old public vehicles


Kathmandu, June 6

Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth has decided to review the government’s recent decision to take public vehicles that are more than 20 years old off the roads.

The Department of Transport Management’s order came into force on March 4 following safety concerns. Despite the decision, vehicles older than 20 are still operating in various parts of Tarai and eastern hilly regions.

According to sources, the minister has already ordered officials to produce documents related to the decision before him. “A technical committee will be formed to study on the matter. If the committee recommends that the decision be reviewed, a proposal will be sent to the Cabinet,” an official said.

A source close to the transport entrepreneurs’ association informed that the transport operators, who were agitated after the March 4 directive, postponed protests after Mahaseth told them he would consider lifting the ban.

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