POST TIME: 6 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
DMP to bring discipline to Dhaka traffic
The steps by DMP, if properly enforced, would surely change the chaotic scenario of Dhaka’s traffic

DMP to bring discipline to Dhaka traffic

It is good to know that the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) have decided to control Dhaka’s traffic, taking some strict measures. It has made 121 designated spots for boarding and disembarking of passengers, and is enforcing a ‘no-helmet, no-fuel’ policy for bikers. The DMP has also restricted the plying of ‘leguna’ (human hauler) in this regard.

These steps, if properly enforced, would surely change the chaotic scenario of Dhaka’s traffic, but the decision to stop human haulers has drawn criticisms from those commuters who use it. This human hauler has many problems: they are driven rashly, often by underage drivers; they employ helpers as young as nine or ten; and they are prone to accidents more than the bus since their drivers care little about traffic rules.

But there is the other side of the picture to it: a great number of people, mostly from the working class background, depend on these for commuting in the capital. In the main thoroughfares people get buses, mini or large ones, for travel. But to cover the distances other than the main thoroughfares people who use human haulers heavily depend on it, because it is cheaper than rickshaw.

After the DMP declaration, it is this kind of commuters who have been hit hard by the restriction on leguna. Moreover, there are many drivers of human haulers who have valid driving licenses and they depended on it for their livelihood. These people are now without work and the decision of human haulers restriction has not gone well with them.

True, there is no route permit for human haulers in the capital. But why for these long many years the human hauler plied in the capital and that also right in front of the eyes of the law enforcers? These human haulers had to routinely grease the palms of traffic police for illegal plying. In any case, before taking the decision, the DMP should have given an alternative mode of transport to the commuters who need them most in the capital.

It is now expected that the relevant authorities including the BRTA would devise means for commuting through the streets where human haulers plied.

It is encouraging to see that the DMP in the recent days has become active in bringing discipline to Dhaka’s messy traffic, even though this seriousness has come after the movement of the school and college students in the wake of the killing of their two fellow students. The success of DMP is what all commuters in the capital are waiting for.