KATHMANDU – Public vehicles with over 25-seat capacity are to be allowed for operation in the Kathmandu Valley from Tuesday in odd-even number plate system.
In a press statement today, the District Administration Office, Kathmandu stated that public transport entrepreneurs are required to make sure the enforcement of public health protocols and physical distancing rule while operating the service. Drivers and their assistants and passengers should compulsorily put on mask and the sanitizer should be made available on the entrance of the vehicle during the travel hours. Assistant drivers are mandated to wear gloves and the vehicle should be disinfected regularly, according to the statement.
The operation hours have been fixed from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm. In case of private vehicles, travel of up to four persons has been allowed in a car, jeep and a van and up to three in case of a taxi.
The odd-even number plate system is applicable for two-wheelers as well. Even day is for those motorcycles and scooters having the even number plates and the odd day is for those bearing the odd number plates.
Vehicles of health professionals, veterinary practitioners, ambulance, vehicle carrying health supplies, supplying drinking water, relating to the telecommunications services, cargo, currier, electricity maintenance and waste management services are allowed to operate unobstructed by following recommended health protocols.
Similarly, the celebrations of a wedding function or other family gatherings are allowed within home or at a residing place with the presence of up to 15 people. However, health protocol measures should be compulsorily followed. Two vehicles with the display of banner are allowed for operation for such functions.
Vehicles of government offices, public organisations, diplomatic missions, security bodies and meant for essential services will be allowed to operate smoothly.
The transportation of fruits, food, milk and dairy products, eggs, meats, poultry-related goods and fuel for veterinary services is permitted from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
The transportation of construction materials for public and private purposes will be allowed from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am. Journalists are allowed for movement in possession of Department of Information’s accreditation or a press pass issued by the respective media house.