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3 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 3 November, 2019 12:28:08 AM
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No case under new traffic law for first 7 days

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
No case under new traffic 
law for first 7 days

The government yesterday decided not to file any case under the new Road Transport Act, which came into force from November 1, during the first week of its implementation. “No case would be filed against drivers or transport owners in the first seven days before a full-fledged awareness campaign is conducted by the government,” Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader told reporters during a visit to Signboard area of Narayanganj.

The new Act, which introduces stricter punishment and much higher fines for traffic violations, has garnered mixed reactions from drivers, commuters, transport owners as well as law enforcers. Many of them opined that the Act was implemented without making necessary preparations and conducting awareness campaigns because of which a large section of the people are in dark about the various provisions of the new law.

The road minister yesterday went to inspect the implementation of new transportation laws by Bangladesh Road Transport Authority’s (BRTA) office of the Narayanganj area. There he declared of the one-week moratorium of the implementation of the new Act.

“The new act will restore discipline on

roads and subsequently accident rate will reduce. As per the Prime Minister’s directive, the Act came into effect from November

1,” Quader said.

“However, the ongoing awareness campaign of the new Act needs time. So I have instructed not to lodge cases against any transport company under the new law within the first seven days,” he added.

Also yesterday, transport owners extended full support to the Road Transport Act, 2018 and called upon everyone to abide by the new law.

“The transport sector gets a new law after a long time and we fully support it,” Khandakar Enayetullah, secretary general of Bangladesh Road Transport Owners’ Association, said at a press briefing.

He also demanded quick formation of the rules and regulations of the Act.

Referring to different Sections of the new law, Enayetullah said all the rules cannot be imposed within a day. “It has to be done gradually,” he said.

He, however, added that the non-bailable offences under the law will lead to a shortage of drivers.

“At present, the transport sector is facing a

shortage of drivers. If a driver cannot secure bail and is jailed soon after an accident, the crisis will deepen. What will happen then,” said Enayetullah. The legislation imposes a maximum of five years’ jail term or Tk 500,000 fine or both on drivers involved in road accidents, while denying bail for bus accidents. The punishment for violation of other traffic rules like driving an unfit vehicle, not taking the stipulated safety measures while driving and jaywalking has also been increased.

 

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