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8 June, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Stringent and strategic move against unfit vehicles

Stringent and strategic move against unfit vehicles

Speakers at a human chain event underscored the need to phase out unfit cars, emphasising the need for firm action against unfit vehicles. Reportedly, three lakh cars without fitness certificates are plying the city roads plus the main highways outside the capital. Time and again, there have been photos and reports in the national media highlighting the presence of public transport which are in such rickety state that they can be deemed totally unfit by any commuter with common sense.

Yet, by some miracle, these vehicles, some without any indicators, proper headlights and often crucial body parts missing, operate on the roads with impunity. What is even more outrageous is that many of these ramshackle transports possess fitness papers, which is a travesty of the whole procedure that provides a clean chit to public transports.  

There has been widespread concern ahead of the home going rush prior to the Eid holidays. Reportedly, around one and a half crore people will be travelling out of the capital with most using the highways. In such a scenario, road safety must not be compromised because last year, during Eid time travel, accidents claimed 274 lives, leaving 848 people injured. The number is indeed terrifying and the worry compounds because it’s a known fact that outside Dhaka, many indigenous vehicles like Nasimon-Karimon-Chander Gaari operate, posing severe risk to passengers.

Practically speaking, to make vehicles safer, a strategic approach is needed where the first step will be to take firm action against buses in the cities that are in desperate condition. Once these vehicles are eased out, the authority can concentrate on the next level, which will include setting a driving experience clause for anyone wishing to take up driving a public transport as a livelihood.  

As an immediate step, aimed at minimizing any unfortunate incident during the upcoming Eid travels, all transport owners can introduce a special incentive if drivers follow safety regulations, keeping the passengers’ comfort in mind. Government buses can begin this initiative followed by private transport owners.

Also, adequate rest should be given to the drivers after a long journey and they must not be coerced into taking back to back long drives for the sake of profit. Many road mishaps happen simply because overworked and fatigued drivers want to finish their duty quickly and get some rest.

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