In Karachi’s Saddar, six bus drivers have been arrested for not wearing masks while driving. They were shifted to the police station at Preedy.
After two months, the Sindh government has allowed public transport to resume operations on Wednesday. Nevertheless, the transporters were advised to follow SOPs from the government to monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus.
A case against the bus drivers was registered under section 188 of the Pakistan Penal Code (disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant). Those punished by this law can be sent to jail with a Rs600 fine for a maximum of one year.
The police even warn passengers not to wear masks so they can get off the buses. Rs520 is issued to drivers who are letting these passengers aboard.
This has been advised to drivers and drivers to wear masks and gloves, ensure cars are not crowded and have passengers sit three feet apart.
Local buses and other public transport modes had been out of service since the lockdown was imposed last week of March. The transporters had complained about financial losses since then, and asked the government to prepare a relief package for them and allow them to resume operations.