KARACHI: Several school van owners who provided pick and drop services to students, observed a strike on Friday to protest against the government’s decision to remove CNG cylinders from their vehicles and paint the vans yellow, causing inconvenience to several parents and children.
As a result, many students failed to attend their school. Some of the students took rickshaw or taxi to reach their institution while majority of them were accompanied to school by their parents on cars and motorcycles.
The parents were of the view that they would face difficulties in the future as well if the transporters continued their strike and increased the fares.
On the other hand, if they continue using CNG, the van will be dangerous for children.
School van owners termed the government’s decision unwise and unprecedented and refused to follow any of their orders.According to them, it will be very difficult for transporters to remove CNG cylinders and ply their vehicles on petrol.
Even if they obey the orders and use petrol, it will surely put a financial burden on them and on poor parents.
Some of the transporters said the government should withdraw its decision or implement it even on private car owners who had installed CNG cylinders.
Traffic police have given more time to the van owners, as per which restriction on CNG and LPG driven vans will be levied from September 4.