Traffic Police and the Department of Transport Management have gotten complaints of public transport in the Kathmandu Valley cheating the passengers by taking more than the prescribed fare. The monitoring has been intensified by the departments after complaints were received saying short-distance vehicles plying in the capital did not return Rs 2 for 5 km and 10 km journey. As per the adjusted fare from October 19 the fare for 5 km distance was fixed at Rs 18 and Rs 23 for 10 km.
According to the Traffic Police, a number of complaints have been received after the government increased the fares as per the demand of the businessmen. Spokesperson of the Division, Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Sharma Das said, "9 people have lodged a complaint in the last 10 days."
He informed that actions are being taken and now a fine of up to Rs 1,500 has been levied. The Department of Transport Management has warned to file a case of fraud against the vehicles charging more than the stipulated amount by the state government. Department spokesman Dr Loknath Bhusal informed that action has been taken against 19 vehicles so far.
When asked if such a problem would arise if the fare was fixed at Rs 20 instead of Rs 18 and Rs 23, the spokesperson said, “The department cannot decide on it after the fare has been fixed by the government." However, he added that further complications could arise if the government does not manage the rent.