The new law will bring more discipline on roads, he said
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia has said the proposed Road Transport Act to be tabled in the Cabinet meeting on Monday, August 6, will stipulate higher punishment for all offenders.
He made the comment while addressing a press briefing at the DMP Media Centre in Dhaka on Saturday.
The commissioner said the new law will bring more discipline on roads, and will also give directions on how to form a road security council.
These initiatives will help bring discipline to the road sport system in the country, Asaduzzaman said.
The government took the initiative to formulate the Road Transport Act in 2009 but could not finalize the draft in its first five-year term, which ended in 2014, as associations of road transport owners and workers raised objections against various provisions.
On March 27, 2017, the Cabinet approved in principle the draft of the Road Transport Act and made some observations.
The Road Transport and Highway Division sent the proposed draft to the Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division for vetting and revisions on April 17, 2017.
On January 4, 2018 the draft was analyzed in a meeting chaired by Law Minister Anisul Huq.
The draft will replace the existing Motor Vehicles Ordinance, 1983.
The draft will be tabled in the next Cabinet meeting. After the Cabinet approves the bill, it will be placed before parliament for vetting. Then the bill will be enacted as law.
In the press briefing, the commissioner also blamed poor infrastructure inside the country for hampering the police's initiatives to bring discipline in the transport sector.
"Road engineering is very important," he said. "There are no terminals in Dhaka. All the terminals have been turned into depots. We can only implement traffic regulations with limitations."
The commissioner also announced the upcoming traffic week that will start from Sunday.
Stricter vigilance and monitoring of traffic laws will be enforced during the week, and action will be taken against vehicles without fitness certificates or drivers without licenses
“The week will not only include action against drivers, but also against pedestrians who do not follow the law,” he said.