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1.66 lakh vehicles collected fitness docs until 2019, BRTA informs HC

Staff Reporter, Dhaka
1.66 lakh vehicles collected fitness docs until 2019, BRTA informs HC

A report submitted by the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) to the High Court (HC) stated that only 165,764 vehicles out of the 458,369 unfit vehicles in the country had renewed their fitness certificates until December 31 last year. During the hearing on a suo moto rule, the HC yesterday said that vehicles lacking valid fitness documents would not be allowed to ply roads across the country. The HC bench asked BRTA for information on how many unfit vehicles were still operating on the roads without valid documents and fitness certificates.

It ordered BRTA and inspector general of police (IGP) to inform the HC about action taken against unfit vehicles by February 16. The court also fixed February 16 as the date for passing an order on the issue. The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam issued the order after receiving two separate reports from the IGP and BRTA in line with an earlier HC order.

In its report, BRTA stated that only 165,764 vehicles out of a total of 458,359 had renewed their fitness certificates across the country. That means 292,595 vehicles had been operating on the roads without valid fitness documents till December 30 last year. The IGP in his report mentioned that the police had taken steps to prohibit unfit vehicles from collecting fuel and gas.

The report said that the police issued notices instructing the owners of filling stations across the country not to sell oil and gas to unfit vehicles. On October 23 last year, the same HC bench directed the authorities to stop selling oil and gas to unfit vehicles until their fitness certificates were renewed. It asked the authorities to take steps so that vehicles which lacked valid fitness documents could not source fuel from any filling station in the country. It also gave the owners of such vehicles two more months to collect their renewed fitness certificates.

The HC bench issued the order after receiving a BRTA report which stated that only 89,269 out of 458,369 unfit vehicles had renewed their fitness certificates within the two months from August 1 to September 30, 2019. On July 23 last year, the HC had directed defaulter vehicle owners to collect their fitness certificates from BRTA between August 1 and September 30, 2019. The court had warned that if any owner failed to collect the fitness certificates by the stipulated time, their vehicles would not be allowed to ply on the roads.

In its report, the BRTA said that 479,320 vehicles were plying in the country without fitness certificates. Of them, 261,113 were in Dhaka division, 119,588 in Chattogram, 26,240 in Rajshahi, 6,568 in Rangpur, 15,668 in Khulna, 44,805 in Sylhet, and 5,338 in Barisal. Having received the report, the HC bench asked the BRTA lawyer to explain how such a large number of unfit vehicles were on the road without fitness certificates.

On June 24 last year, the same HC bench ordered BRTA to submit a detailed district-wise list of vehicles without fitness certificates, drivers without renewed licences, and the names of such vehicle owners within one month. The HC bench gave the order during the hearing on a suo moto rule issued by it on March 27 last year. Barrister Moyeen Firozee and Rafiul Islam appeared for the BRTA, while deputy attorney general AKM Amin Uddin Manik represented the state during yesterday’s proceedings.

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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