Over two dozen vehicle operators faced action for overcharging their passengers in Province 2 today. Eighteen buses and 12 jeeps faced action.

According to Province 2 Traffic Police Office of Pathalaiya, the vehicle operators were made to return 171,695 rupees they had collected in excess of the standard fare rate from different passengers.

"Following complaints that most of the long route vehicles plying in Parsa, Bara, Rautahat, Sarlahi and Mahottari were overcharging passengers, traffic units under us carried out checking at different places and found that some vehicles were indeed overcharging passengers," said the Pathalaiya-based provincial traffic police office Information Officer DSP Santulal Prasad Jaisawar.

"Besides making the vehicles return the amount they'd charged from 360 passengers, we also fined them and warned them against repeating the mistake in future," said the DSP, adding that the action against vehicles were taken according to the Vehicle and Transportation Management Act 1992.

Further, the traffic office has also urged members of the public to immediately inform any traffic police unit if any vehicle was cheating or overcharging passengers.

A version of this article appears in the print on July 21 2021, of The Himalayan Times.