Odd, even rule not effective for vehicles in essential services, supplies Business 360

Odd, even rule not effective for vehicles in essential services, supplies: DAO

Security personnel are seen outside the District Administration Office, Kathmandu in January 2021. Photo courtesy: Nabin Khanal

KATHMANDU: The District Administration Office (DAO), Kathmandu, has clarified that the odd-even number system put in place for both private and public vehicles in Kathmandu Valley will not be effective for all vehicles.

The vehicles of essential services and supplies will be allowed to operate unhindered during this period. The DAO has ordered odd and even rule for vehicles in the Valley effective from Friday midnight.

As per the new rule, vehicles with odd-registration numbers will operate on odd days (according to Nepali lunar calendar) and even registration on even days. The system is going to be implemented to prevent overcrowding of people in view of the growing risks of Covid 19.

To clear off the confusion surrounding the odd-even number system in the vehicles, the DAO said that ambulances, hearse, fire brigade, vehicles supplying gas, oxygen cylinders and petroleum products will be allowed to ply the roads irrespective of their number plates.

Also, those vehicles carrying medicine and healthcare tools and materials, food items and agricultural products will be allowed, as per the statement signed by DAO officiating chief district officer Suprabha Khanal.

Vehicles carrying construction materials, vehicles related to banks and financial institutions, aviation companies, postal and courier services, telecommunications services and journalists carrying identity cards issued by the Department of Information and Broadcasting or their respective media houses are exempted from odd-even number system.

The vehicles belonging to government agencies and diplomatic missions will be allowed to ply the road during the implementation of the odd and even number system.

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