Public transporters continue ‘wheel-jam strike’ for second day in city

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Block Lahore’s Babu Sabu Interchange

The public transporters on Wednesday continued their ‘wheel-jam strike’ for a second day against hike in rates of token tax, challan fee, toll tax, 200 per cent increase in excise duty, and ever-increasing petroleum prices.

According to details, thousands of passengers were facing difficulties at all bus terminals across the country as transporters have stopped all kinds of long routes of transport.

The inter-city public transport from Lahore has been stopped as the owners continued to observe wheel-jam strike.

A day earlier, Central leader of Transport Association Rana Latif announced observing a nationwide wheel-jam strike.

Rana Latif said that the capital value tax has also been increased from one percent to two percent.

He also threatened to continue the strike if taxes are not withdrawn immediately. Transport owners said that the government had increased the tax from Rs300 to Rs4,000 and Rs8,000.

“It will not be possible to operate public transport after the heavy taxation,” the owners added.

Meanwhile, The public transporters have blocked the Babu Sabu Interchange of Lahore against hike in rates of token tax, challan fee, toll tax and 200 percent increase in excise duty.

According to details, the transport owners who came with their long-route buses blocked the both roads at the Babu Sabu Interchange.

The protest was led by Chairman Transport Action Committee Ismatullah Niazi.

The closure of the roads at the two major entry/exit points of the provincial capital also affected the traffic badly on many other adjoining arteries.

In a statement, Ismatullah Niazi threatened to block other highways across the country if the demands are not fulfilled. “We staged a peaceful protest for two consecutive days, but no measures were taken,” he said.

The chairman transport action committee warned that the government will be responsible for all kinds of damages amid protest.

He urged the government to withdraw taxes immediately. The public transporters continued their ‘wheel-jam strike’ for a second day against hike in rates of token tax, challan fee, toll tax, 200 per cent increase in excise duty, and ever-increasing petroleum prices.

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