Rawalpindi: The unprecedented rise in oil prices has now made commuting an expensive affair for wage earners and working classes who have already faced record price increases for many years.
According to reports, owners of public transport vehicles have increased their fares by at least Rs20 to Rs30, depending on the distance. Because of this, the average person’s monthly transport bill has risen from Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,500, a price too high for many of them.
Rickshaws and private taxis charge high fares that most people simply cannot afford. Rickshaw and taxi drivers run their vehicles without meters and there is no longer any law to regulate their fares.
Private taxi services initially offered a decent facility at relatively affordable prices for both male and female commuters. But their fares have also increased significantly, and most commuters are now turning to public transport vehicles. Javaid Iqbal, a commuter, said: “The private taxi services have been a decent facility at an affordable price. But today I paid Rs650 for a ride from Fauji Foundation Hospital to F-Block (Satellite Town) for a distance of just 18 kilometers.
He said: “Now I think the Metro Bus service is really an amazing facility for lower middle class people. Private taxis do not provide an affordable ride for ordinary people due to rising oil prices. »
Transit owner Akhlaq Ahmad said: “Gasoline prices have skyrocketed over the last couple of months so raising fares is the only way to make money at the end of the day.” He said, “Government should set tariffs periodically taking into account oil prices, otherwise we will be forced to park our vehicles.