Cops to ensure reserved seats

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Dec 17, 2014-

The Metropolitan Traffic Police has once again come forward to ensure the effective implementation of the existing provision of reserved seats for women and people with disabilities (PWDs) in public transportation after concerns on the matter were raised by women lawmakers.

During a meeting of the Good Governance and Monitoring Committee of the Parliament on Tuesday, traffic police authorities said they are committed to work for the safety and comfort of women, elderly and PWDs and at the same time curb harassment and inhumane behaviour inside public vehicles.

According to women lawmakers, the failure of the concerned authorities to implement the provision has made commuting in public vehicles unsafe and uncomfortable, especially for girls, women, the elderly and people with disabilities. The Sarbajanik Yatrubahak Yatayat Aachar Samhita 2011 was introduced by the Ministry of Labour and Transport Management to ensure the safety of women, the elderly and people with disabilities while commuting in public vehicles and provide reservation to the identified groups.

Similarly, Motor Vehicles and Transport Management Act, 1993 mentions that

passenger vehicles on local routes should reserve two seats for women while the Disabled Protection and Welfare Act (DPWA) 1982 says that at least 5 percent of the total seats on public conveyance needs to be reserved for people with disabilities.

Published: 18-12-2014 09:32

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