Wed, Sep

Months after cut in fuel prices, transport fares slashed


road-kabulActing Transport Minister Ghulam Ali Rasekh on Monday announced a 20 percent cut in inter-provinces transport fares and a 25pc reduction in inter-city ticket following a slump in fuel prices.

Rasekh told a press conference in Kabul it had been decided that no customs duty would be levied on dried and fresh fruits from field to market and even to the Pakistan-India Wagah border.

He said fuel rates had decreased by 20 percent over the past two months and a litre of petrol was currently sold for 40afs and the same quantity of diesel for 43afs.

The decision to slash transport fares had been taken in accordance with the decline in fuel prices by the joint commission, he said. The commission comprises officials of the transport and aviation, commerce, public health ministries, the National Directorate of Security, municipality and the Attorney General’s Office.

The minister also announced that trucks carrying dried and fresh fruits to Wagah border were no longer required to submit bank guarantee in Pakistan.

Rasekh said: “Now we have issued a guarantee letter to all Afghan drivers, who could travel to Wagah border crossing with ease and could stay there even for one month.”

He said his ministry was planning to set up workshops checking and repairing old vehicles to prevent air pollution. Efforts were being made to standardise Afghan airplanes which had been blacklisted by the European Union, he concluded.