Only rickshaws to help people commute
Hundreds of motorcycle and private cars, that operates under app-based ride-sharing services, will be out of the roads for 10 days starting from March 26.
All app-based ride-sharing operators will keep their operations suspended till April 4, to comply with a directive to enforce a ban on public transports, which government officials have termed as social distancing strategy to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Launched in 2016, Uber gained fast popularity in Dhaka, the city of traffic congestions and transport chaos.Pathao, OBHAI, Pickme, Shohoz and some other ridesharing firms are also operating in Bangladesh.
The government on Tuesday imposed a ban on all public transports across Bangladesh, to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, and to ensure social distancing and isolation.
Bangladesh’s Road Transport Act considers any motorized vehicle transporting paying customers as public transport.
Therefore, all commercial passenger vehicles such as buses, taxis, autorickshaws, and other human haulers (such as Nasimon, Porimon) will fall under the purview of the restriction. People can only move around using rickshaws as per the act.
Covid-19, a new strain of coronavirus which was first reported in China’s Wuhan last December, has claimed four lives and infected 39 people in the country till Tuesday.
Till the filing of the report, the total number of deaths from Covid-19 across the world stands at 18,895.