Panel suggests reforms in transport sector

Kathmandu, September 6:

The High-Level Committee for the Reformation of Vehicles and Transport Management today submitted its report to the Minister of State for Labour and Transport Management, Ramesh Lekhak.

Convener of the committee Manju Khand handed over the report to the State Minister.

The report has put forward suggestions on policy and legal reforms, organisational reforms and procedural reforms.

The committee has suggested that the roads be declared a peace zone and all forms of strikes be banned on highways and the transport sector be recognised as an industry and treated equally.

It has also recommended prioritisation of mass transportation, proper study and analysis on the number of vehicles needed for the country, defining the number of vehicles to be imported, use of different colours on the vehicles according to their routes, timely updates in the laws, swift insurance reclaim rules and framing of a system to update transportation fare along with the change in price of fuel and spare parts, among others.

The report has also recommended various ways to minimise road accidents. It has suggested formation of a separate ministry and a National Transport Development Board.

The report was prepared after a series of regional workshops and interactions at different dates.