Transport fares are now in a complete chaos as passengers are being charged arbitrarily on the same route.
The chaos emerged after the government banned the 'sitting service' of buses and mini-buses in the city.
'Sitting services' is an unauthorised service that demands extra fares from travellers in defiance of the government's fixed rates.
In addition to the 'artificial' scarcity of transport, the city dwellers have to pay different fares to travel on the same routes.
Commuters often had heated exchanges with the bus staff over extra fares.
Prothom Alo correspodent spoke to more than 50 transport staff of 15 companies on the Shahbagh to Gulisthan route, revealing that buses of the different companies charged between Tk 5 and Tk 10 on this same route.
Buses of the Tanjil, Welcome and Dishari companies charged Tk 10 while Everest, Lams and Maa paribahan buses demanded Tk 8 from passengers travelling from Shahbagh to Gulisthan.
Buses of United, Bihanga and ETC en route to Sadarghat charged Tk 5 to travel the same distance.
It was the same along the Keraniganj, Sayedabad and Jatrabari routes. Buses on the Sayedabad route charged from Tk 10 to Tk 20 from Shahbagh and Tk 20 to -Tk 30 from Shahbagh to Chittagong Road.
Fares from Shahbagh to Narayanganj and Keraniganj vary between Tk 35 to Tk 45 and Tk 15 to Tk 25 respectively.