BRTA mobile courts ran drives at Manik Mia Avenue, Uttara, Pallabi, Rayerbagh, Banani, and Jatrabari
Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has lodged 88 cases, realizing Tk1.21 lakh in fines in the capital as mobile courts conducted operations to enforce the much-anticipated Road Transport Act 2018.
Six mobile courts took action against offenders for violating rules under Road Transport Act 2018.
"The mobile courts fined a minimum of Tk500 for violating the law, but no one was sent to jail on the first day of their operation on Monday," said BRTA Executive Magistrate Mazharul Islam.
Despite the Road Transport Act coming into effect on Sunday, BRTA ran mobile courts for the first time on Monday.
The BRTA mobile courts ran drives on Manik Mia Avenue and in Uttara, Pallabi, Rayerbagh, Banani, and Jatrabari in the capital, according to a press release.
Meanwhile, Chittagong district administration also ran two mobile courts in the port city.
BRTA Chairman Dr Md Kamrul Ahsan said: "BRTA will continue its mobile court operations to execute the law."
Meanwhile, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Qbaidul Quader on Monday said the new act will be implemented at any cost.
“No influence or influential people can make the act ineffective,” Quader said, speaking to media at a press briefing at the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry.
“I have spoken to the prime minister about it and she told me not to delay the execution of the law any further,” he said.
The minister said law enforcement agencies have been instructed to execute the law in a measured way.
Quader further added: “This law was made to restore law and order on the streets and not to punish anyone.”
"There were enormous pressures from different sections to delay execution of the act. And keeping those pressures in mind, an extra 17 or 18 days were given," said Quader, also the Awami League general secretary.
DNCC mayor: RTA for ensuring discipline on roads
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam said the prime motto of the new Road Transport Act-2018 is to bring back discipline to the roads, not to collect revenue.
"Fines and punishment have been raised in the new law and it has been done to make people aware and to abide by the law with respect," said Atiqul Islam on Monday.
The mayor gave his comments conducting an awareness program on the use of street crossing push buttons and other standard traffic practices in front of SFX Greenherald International School at Asad gate in Dhaka.
During his visit, the mayor distributed leaflets among drivers and pedestrians urging them to follow traffic rules.
Atiqul Islam said: "Traffic laws are strictly followed around the world. People respect traffic laws as they have to pay hefty fines alongside harsh punishment for violating traffic rules and laws."
The mayor said people never violate traffic laws in the cantonment since they have to pay huge fines and are punished for violations but the same drivers violate laws when driving outside the cantonment.
Atiqul also sat with the school authorities for creating awareness among students.
The mayor said 14 teams will work in front of the school to maintain the digital push button which was set up there by the DNCC.
He also said that a fine system will be introduced starting January 1, 2020, for crossing roads haphazardly.