November 28: Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport (MoPIT), Basanta Kumar Nembang, has directed all government offices under the ministry not to take any action against ride-hailing service provided by Tootle and Pathao.
The minister issued the directive by summoning all the concerned officials, said Rajeshwar Gyawali, spokesperson at the ministry.
According to Gyawali, the minister instructed the government officials to allow the ride-hailing services to operate without any hassle until new laws are enacted for the ride-sharing service.
Department of Transport Management (DoTM) had issued a notice last week to initiate action if any private vehicle was found providing public transport. Following the notice, Metropolitan Traffic Police Office, Syawambhu had held one Pathao driver last Sunday.
Following a dispute led by this incident, minister Nembang directed the government officials to submit a report to amend the laws regarding the service immediately.
The department’s Director General Gogan Bahadur Hamal said that the ride-hailing service can be operated as per the proposed Federal Vehicle and Transportation Bill.
“We are preparing a draft of the bill and will submit it the ministry soon,” said Hamal, adding, “Once the new laws are enacted, this kind of problem will come to an end.”