KARACHI: The Sindh government has banned the use of LPG as fuel in all public transport and directed police to start a crackdown against passenger vans using gas cylinders.
According to a notification, the Sindh transport department has banned the use of LPG cylinders in public transport and has informed IGP police, all commissioners, deputy commissioners, traffic police and all SSPs about the decision.
It also ordered drivers to obtain a Fitness Certificate from Regional Transport Authority. Drivers were further directed to avoid the use of the cylinders during the journey, so that the precious lives of passengers may be safeguarded.
The provincial government warned that strict action will be taken against vehicles not abiding by the instructions issued by the transport department.
The decision was taken after the road mishap occurred on the motorway that claimed at least 18 lives after the van caught fire due to cylinders.
The passenger van, carrying 22 passengers, coming to Karachi from Hyderabad had overturned near the cerement factory near Nooriabad and caught the fire. The case of the deadly road accident at the M9 motorway registered on Monday.
The driver of the passenger van along with the driver of the car which caused the accident due to overtaking has been nominated in the first information report (FIR) of the case.