ISLAMABAD: The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) on Wednesday, has imposed a complete ban on the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in public service vehicles (PSVs) and school vans.
OGRA has taken this decision in order to ensure the safety of passengers and to avoid unpleasant incidents/accidents.
To implement the ban, OGRA has requested provincial transport authorities and the Motorway Police inspector general to initiate a crackdown against all PSVs having gas (CNG/LPG) cylinders.
To monitor public vans on intra-and inter-city routes, OGRA has asked the concerned authorities to rigorously enforce its laws (Rule 199 of MV Rules, 1969), immediately ensure removal of gas cylinders from PSVs and cancel their route permits.
Similarly, the authority has requested the MVEs/RTAs not to declare fit a vehicle in which gas cylinder (which is also a fuel tank as per MV Rules 1969) is installed.
“The school vans, which are private vehicles, should in no case be allowed using CNG as fuel so that the safety of innocent children could be ensured,” OGRA stated.
OGRA officials said that the decision was taken due to a rise in traffic accidents, adding that the step would help the authorities minimize harm to people.
Explosions of gas cylinders are frequent in Pakistan largely due to a lack of enforcement of safety standards and procedures. There is a long list of fatal gas cylinder blasts in the past which have led to deaths and injuries of passengers.