Thirty companies operating their buses and minibuses at Mirpur in the capital have decided to run their vehicles under e-Ticketing system from Sunday (November 13).
Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Malik Samity secretary general Khandaker Enayetullah stated it at a press conference held at the city’s Paribagh on Saturday morning.
He said 30 companies which operate their buses and minibuses in Mirpur area would come under e-Ticketing system from November 13, while e-Ticketing will be introduced to all the buses and minibuses plying the capital within January 31, 2023.
Besides, buses and minibuses of 97 companies in Dhaka and Chattogram cities will come under e-Ticketing system within February 28 next.
Khandaker Enayetullah claimed that the decision was taken keeping the “convenience of passengers” in mind. “Bus-minibus passengers have long been complaining that excessive fares are being realised from them. In order to resolve this problem, we started collecting fares in eight buses of Mirpur region through e-Ticketing from September 22 last. At first, tickets were issued keeping the passengers on bus stoppages. Later, it was found that bus-minibus owners’ income was declining. Then we started collecting fares bringing the machines inside the minibuses and witnessing that we were making profits. Besides, realisation of excessive fares has fallen.”
He said all would have to come under the e-Ticketing system. “There will be no unequal competition. Plying of buses and minibuses on contractual basis will come to an end, while salaries of transport workers will come under a system.”
Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Malik Samity president Azmal Uddin Ahmed Sabuj, office secretary Samdani Khandker and other leaders of the organisation were present.