Goods transporters raised their fares by 20 per cent in response to a recent surge in diesel prices on Thursday. The announcement came as the goods transporters association revealed their decision to implement a fare increase of 20 per cent, citing a substantial rise in diesel prices of up to Rs40 per litre over the span of 15 days.

Rana Shoaib, the General Secretary of the Goods Transporters Association, conveyed in an official statement that their operational expenses had been significantly impacted by the substantial surge in diesel prices.

He further elaborated that the provision of goods transportation services between major cities such as Karachi, Multan, Lahore, Faisalabad, Islamabad, and Peshawar has been sustained. However, the transporters are finding it increasingly challenging to bear the escalating financial burdens associated with fuel costs and spare parts.

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According to ARY News, Shoaib said that the decision to raise fares was a necessary step due to the considerable escalation in government-imposed fuel prices. Notably, earlier in the same month, local transporters independently elevated fares by as much as 20 per cent in response to a previous hike in fuel prices without any intervention or oversight from relevant authorities.

Details indicate that local transporters unilaterally implemented fare increases ranging from Rs15 to Rs20 for stop-to-stop journeys, despite the absence of formal notifications regarding fare adjustments by the district administration.

Furthermore, the fare hikes extended to transportation services between Karachi and other destinations like Hyderabad, Larkana, and Sukkur. This trend of fare increases also extended to buses and coaches operating within the city limits.