Along with buses, it is now time to streamline the city's CNG service as well. The authorities have declared that all CNGs plying the roads must have functional pay-metres installed in them. And for passengers to be charged fares accordingly. Yet, most CNG drivers refuse to accept fares as per the metre and the most common excuse is almost always that the roads are congested. The other most common excuse is that the owners of the CNG they are driving are charging them unreasonably high amounts, which forces them to charge passengers more.
This practice must stop. The authorities should ensure that CNG drivers comply with their directive. But they must also be mindful to address the problem they are having with CNG owners who too must not be allowed to exploit passengers or drivers.
AKM Ehsanul Haque, Dhaka