PESHAWAR, July 17: The government has banned the use and filling of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in vehicles, including auto rickshaws, buses, coaches and motorcycles.

The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has issued a notification, directing all LPG sellers to comply with the LPG rules. And with effect to this notification, from now onwards no LPG cylinder will be installed beneath the seats and within the passenger’s compartment of any vehicle. Moreover, LPG refueling from illegal decanters has been banned.

Officials at OGRA said LPG was a popular form of energy but that it was highly inflammable and poses serious safety hazards, if not handled properly.

Meanwhile, the LPG Distributors Association Chairman, Mr Irfan Khokar, has asked OGRA to withdraw the ban, warning otherwise that there would be a sit-in and the Association would besiege the building of the regulator.

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