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‘Increase in number of motorcycles on the roads leading to more accidents’

  • Published at 02:20 pm October 1st, 2018
Speakers on behalf of Nirapad Sarak Chai speaking at the National Press Club, October 1, 2018 Johura Akter Pritu/Dhaka Tribune

Motorcyclists comprise 27% of road accident casualties

Quoting a recent survey conducted by the organization, Nirapad Sarak Chai (NiSCha - We Demand Safe Roads) has said the number of road accidents has increased due to a rise in the number of motorcycles plying the streets.

The road safety advocacy group made the remark at a press conference at the National Press Club on Monday, where they unveiled the survey.

According to the survey, about 27% of road accident casualties are of motorcyclists.

In 2016, the number of road accidents was 2,316, which grew to 3,349 in 2017 and, until September this year, stands at 2,672, the survey states.

The survey also stated that nearly 10% of road accidents usually go unpublished in the mainstream media. This means an additional 234 accidents and 283 deaths went unreported. However, this data was not included in the survey, as it was not properly documented.

According to the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), the number of motorcycles on the roads increased more than threefold between 2016 and 2018, going from 700,000 in 2016 to 2,200,000 in 2018.

Ilias Kanchan, chairman of NiSCha, said a growing number of unskilled CNG autorickshaw, easy bike, and other three-wheeler drivers also contribute to the increase in crashes.  

He urged the authorities to have stricter regulations for these vehicles. 

Regarding the Road Transport Act 2018, the chairman said if the authorities implemented the rules properly, greater discipline would be ensured on the roads. 

“We hope that the government will update the law over time to fit the needs of the country and its people,” Ilias added.