Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA)’s progress remains sluggish than expectation at the end of the first year of the five-year projects, “radio frequency identification number plate installation” and “providing digital smart card driving license”
On October 31, last year Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the projects with an aim to bring discipline and improve services in the transport sector.
Under the system, it is mandatory for each vehicle to have a special kind of number plate containing its registration number that will be visible in both day and night time. The vehicle will have radio frequency system for easy tracking.
However, officials of BRTA informed that out of 17,51,834 registered motor vehicles, only 1,95,093 could be incorporated until November 15 this year.
The Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory (BMTF) has been providing around 1,200 number plates to motor vehicles per day.
Seeking anonymity, a BRTA official, said: “Initially, we hoped that the whole project would be completed by maximum two years.”
However, now it seemed that the whole project would require total five years, he added.
“The motor vehicles owners’ were apathetic towards adopting the new system because of lack of promotional campaigns by BRTA to introduce the new system,” he added.
Under the 15-year digital smart card driving license project, that started from October 2011, the BRTA has provided 5,37,102 smart licenses to vehicles up to November this year.
BRTA Director (engineering) Md Saiful Hoque told the Dhaka Tribune: “We arranged a press conference to convene the vehicles owners to replace their old number plates and tag the digital retro-reflective number plates. We hope to replace all the number plates within the estimated time span of the project.”
The five-year RFID project began replacing the number plates from November last year. As per the project proposal, the army-run BMTF is executing the project as a contractor of the BRTA.
BMTF is importing the digital number plates from Poland, RFID tags from the USA, and vehicle ownership cards from UK.