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24 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Writ seeks gazette on Road Transport Act

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

A writ petition has been filed at the High Court (HC) yesterday, seeking its directive on the government to issue a gazette notification on the Road Transport Act 2018 in order to put the law into effect immediately. The Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB), a human rights body, filed the petition in the HC yesterday.

Advocate Manzill Murshid, who moved with the petition on behalf of the organisation, said that an HC bench was likely to hold a hearing on the petition on Wednesday (today).

The secretaries of the Cabinet Division, President, Prime Minister, the Ministry of Public Administration, Ministry of Law, Ministry of Home and Road Transport and Bridges Division have been made respondents to the petition. The petition challenges the inaction of the authorities in issuing a gazette notification for putting the law into effect.

On April 10, the HRPB had sent a legal notice to the government to make the Road Transport Act-2018 effective by publishing a gazette notification within the next seven days. The Road Transport Act was passed by Parliament and a gazette notification was published on October 8 last year containing the Act.

According to a provision of the law, the government has to issue another gazette notification to make the law effective, but that notification is yet to be published, Manzill said.

The bill on the Road Transport Act was passed in order to ensure people's safety and life security on roads as well as to make those involved in the road transport sector accountable, particularly bus and truck drivers, helpers, owner, and their associations, he added.

A 15-member committee was formed on February 17 to curb road mishaps and restore discipline on roads and highways.

 

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