POST TIME: 5 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 5 September, 2018 01:19:23 AM
Move to bring discipline to Dhaka traffic
DMP bans human hauler in capital
DMP selects 121 spots for picking and dropping, enforces ‘no helmet no fuel’ policy for bikers

DMP bans human hauler in capital

A human hauler, popularly known as leguna, plies a road in Shyambazar area of the capital yesterday as the DMP slaps a ban on the moving of such unauthorised vehicles. Photo: Nabiulla Nabi

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) have taken up some measures like the boarding and disembarking of passengers at 121 designated spots, enforcing a ‘no-helmet, no-fuel’ policy for bikers, and restricting the plying of ‘leguna’ (human hauler) to instil discipline in the capital’s traffic management. “No buses will be allowed to take passengers and offload them other than at the designated 121 bus stops. Besides, no human-hauler, locally called leguna, will be allowed to ply on the streets of the capital,” DMP commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia told reporters at a press conference at the DMP Media Centre at Mintoo Road yesterday while announcing the DMP’s month-long special traffic management initiative from today (Wednesday).

He also requested filling station owners not to sell fuel to motorcyclists without safety helmets. Pillion riders, too, must wear helmets. The also said buses would have to keep their doors shut until reaching the next stop.

“Route permits of the vehicles would be cancelled in case of any traffic rule violation and the appointment of drivers on a contractual basis,” Asaduzzaman Mia said.

“Serious traffic problems are created on the city streets due to the plying of vehicles like leguna. These are also the main cause of road accidents,” he also said.

He said a large number of legunas have been carrying people illegally on Dhaka streets without any route permit. Such vehicles could only ply the roads outside the city, he added.

The DMP chief said the ‘no-helmet, no-fuel’ strategy was first adopted in Rangpur to discipline motorcyclists. Only one pillion rider would be allowed on motorcycles from now on, he added.

Motorcyclists were found to be the biggest law-breakers during the Traffic Week in August. Apart from traffic cops, Rover Scouts, girl

guides and other volunteer organisations will participate in the month-long traffic awareness campaign starting today.

Referring to traffic mismanagement on city roads and highways,  Asaduzzaman Mia said: “It will take time to bring complete discipline in traffic management as the current situation has not been created in a day. Rather it is the culmination of many years of mismanagement.”

The DMP chief requested city dwellers to use zebra crossings, footbridges and underpasses while crossing roads.

More than half of the 56,349 cases of traffic rule violation filed during that time were against riders of two wheelers. Failure to stop at traffic signals, produce valid documents and driving licences, not wearing helmets, and travelling against the traffic were the top offences committed by motorcyclists.