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12 bus drivers jailed on second day of drive

Update : 07 Mar 2017, 11:36 AM
Twelve bus drivers were jailed on Monday on day two of the ongoing drive against unfit and unlicensed buses operating on the roads of Dhaka city. Errant bus owners and drivers were also fined Tk 1,05,000 in the day's the drive. Three mobile courts carried out the massive drive bringing a total of 61 cases. The drive is being carried out against the buses which are older than 20 years. Steps are also being taken against drivers below the age of 18, drivers without licenses, for illegal parking, and for not displaying the fare charts inside the buses. Jointly conducted by the DSCC, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), and Dhaka District Administration, with the support of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), the drive was conducted in New Market, Motijheel and Sadarghat areas. DSCC Executive Magistrate Mamun Sardar, who led the mobile court in New Market area, told the Dhaka Tribune: “We have fined the drivers and bus owners who were operating the vehicles violating the rules.” BRTA Executive Magistrates Nazma Siddika and Sujit Hawladar led the mobile courts beside Victoria park in Sadarghat area and beside Notre Dame Collage in Motijheel area respectively. The first day of the drive was carried out by three mobile courts at Bangabadhu Avenue, Dainik Bangla intersection and beside City Centre Point in Motijheel under the DSCC on Sunday. Seven drivers were jailed. Errant bus drivers and owners were also fined Tk 87,000. A total of 75 cases against the drivers and owners were filed while three old buses seized and dumped. The 15-day drive may be extended if unfit, unlicensed buses continue to ply the city streets. On February 15, DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon announced that public buses older than 20 years would be banned from March 1.
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