Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) on Wednesday July 16, 2014 has banned the use of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) in public transport sector with immediate effect as it could be extremely dangerous. However, it is not clear what will be  penalty for violating the imposed ban.

OGRA issued the notification after approval from the federal government will make it illegal to use LPG in buses, coaches, wagons, auto rickshaws and motor cycles.

Chairman LPG Distributor Association Irfan Khokar blasted OGRA for its decision to disallow use of LPG in public sector transport and said, “OGRA cannot stop the masses from using LPG as millions of rickshaws run with this cheap fuel.”

The changes in the LPG Rules 2002 have made it illegal for filling and using the LPG as fuel in public transport. The decision has been taken after a number of accidents in which LPG substandard cylinders exploded causing causalities.