KATHMANDU, June 11 (Xinhua) -- The Nepali government has begun works towards deposing public vehicles that are more than 20 years within two years, officials said on Wednesday.
Stating that the public vehicles that are running for more than 20 years are contributing to pollution, posing risks to passengers ' life and consuming higher amount of fuel, the Ministry of Physical infrastructure and Transport (MoPIT) has initiated works towards removing them from the roads.
"The MoPIT is preparing to send a proposal mandating old public vehicle owners to get rid of their vehicles within two years," Nabin Pokharel, a high level official at MoPIT told Xinhua by phone. He said the proposal will be sent to the concerned owners within two weeks at maximum.
The ministry also plans to table the proposal in this effect at the Cabinet for final endorsement.
As per the ministry's plan, the government will allow transporters to import new vehicles after removing their old ones and that the new vehicles will be permitted to operate in the same route where the old vehicles are operating currently.
"With the removal of old vehicles, the government will set a maximum operation period of 20 years for any new vehicles, both public and private and the operation validity period will be mentioned in the owner book and registration certification of the vehicles," added Pokharel.
The ministry estimates that there are around 16,000 public vehicles including, buses, mini buses, trucks and taxis, including others across Nepal that are more than 20 years old.
Ministry officials said that though the transport owners previously had demanded customs waiver equaling to 50 percent in the purchase of new vehicles, they have withdrew such demand following the government's announcement to provide them the same route for the operation of the vehicles as before.