Rawalpindi : Regional Transport Authority Rawalpindi on the directives of Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi Anwar-ul-Haq, has accelerated its ongoing operation against COVID-19 Standard Operating...
Rawalpindi : Regional Transport Authority (RTA) Rawalpindi on the directives of Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rawalpindi Anwar-ul-Haq, has accelerated its ongoing operation against COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) violators.
According to Secretary, RTA Rawalpindi Rashid Ali, the authority on the directives of the DC had launched a campaign to ensure implementation of the SOPs.
He said the teams of the authority conducted raids and checked implementation of the SOPs at different routes while those found indulged in violations of the SOPs were fined and the vehicles were also impounded during March.
He informed APP that fines amounting to over Rs130,500 were imposed on the violators during last month while 171 vehicles were challaned and 170 impounded on violation of coronavirus SOPs issued by the Punjab government to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Mobile squads were also performing duties at different public transport terminals and at various routes to facilitate the people, he added.
He said, the operation would continue and the vehicles found involved in violating the SOPs would be imposed fines or impounded.
It is pertinent to mention here that despite a surge in COVID-19 cases in Rawalpindi district, the public transport, especially the van and Suzuki pick up based transport, poses a serious threat to the residents due to non-compliance with the SOPs as social distancing for prevention of coronavirus pandemic are being violated despite warnings and fines by the authorities concerned.
The district administration is taking strict actions against the transporters, shopping plazas, marriage halls, restaurants and other public places for not following all the precautionary measures.