The Oil & Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) imposed a ban on the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) by all public service vehicles (PSVs), including school vans, to ensure “safety of public life and property”.
Subsequent to the ban, the motorway police launched a crackdown on such public service vehicles passing through M-1 and M-2 motorways, while the CNG owners association pledged to challenge the move in court.
In letters written to the Ministry of Energy, the provincial governments, the Azad Jammu and Kashmir government, top police officials and CNG associations, Ogra said it had taken the decision on the recommendations of the Punjab and Sindh governments in accordance with a Sindh High Court order.
“All stakeholders are expected to comply with the decision in letter and spirit,” said Ogra while asking the provincial governments and the inspector general of motorway police “to start crackdown against all PSVs having CNG cylinders installed inside the passenger’s compartments with a view to saving precious lives of innocent passengers travelling in such PSVs”.
Apart from ban on CNG in PSVs, Ogra said: “LPG cylinders are completely banned in transport vehicles and any vehicle found with LPG cylinders shall be dealt accordingly by law enforcement agencies”.