CNG-fitted school vans: SHC issues notices to DIG traffic

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday issued notices to Additional Advocate General (AAG) Sindh, traffic police and others respondents on a petition seeking crackdown only on substandard kits installed in school vans.

The petition was filed by Mohammad Asif, one of school van owners in which he sought operation only against the substandard kits installed in school vans instead of all CNG kits.

The petitioner’s counsel stated that DIG Traffic had issued warning published in Daily Jang in August 2015 according to which all CNG kits from school vans will be removed. The petitioner does not challenge the DIG traffic’s order but sought that only substandard kits installed in school vans should be removed.

The petitioner stated that according to impugned DIG traffic’s publication, the deadline of removing CNG kits is 4th September; otherwise, violators’ source of income will be stopped. “If it happens it will directly affect parents of students.”

He stated in his petition that CNG cylinders never explode, adding all of reported explosion are caused by LPG and oxygen cylinders.

Citing Singh government, DIG traffic, Secretary Transport & Mass Transit as respondents, the plaintiff requested the court to direct the respondents to give, vans having standard CNG kit, an exception from this crackdown.

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