W/S bro. well, a while back i had that idea in my mind too, and talked to a childhood friend of mine, who has now become a hiace driver, about this also. He is driving on the route of LAHORE TO PINDI . I dont know what model he is driving nowadays, but he said that it would cost between 8.5-9 lacs depending on condition and model and it woudl give no trouble at all in running , and as far as the income was concerned, according to him, he pays 2700 rs. daily to the owner of the HIACE, and rest is his income, how much over he can earn BY ANY MEANS one thing he ADVISED me about was that "you will have to TRUST the driver" and leave the van upto him, otherwise, nobody will happily work with you!. Well, 2700-3000 rs. daily seems a good good profit at the end of the month, but on the other end, it also involves the greatest risks in it as well, and the biggest one of them all is if your HIACE is banged into something and crashed then its TOTALED and it would take a fortune outta your pocket to rebuild and run it again... i was in very much favor of starting this business, but my parents refused cleanly and said that no body is TRUSTWORTHY enough to put 8-9 lacs on stake :(, so dropped the idea !
but i wish you best of luck with it bro. and hope you'd find someone really TRUSTWORTHY as the driver , this way, you can also help me in doing same business in the future may be