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Unfit buses plying on highway defying govt ban

Update : 30 Sep 2015, 06:56 PM

Unfit buses are still plying on the Sirajganj-Dhaka Highway in the district despite a recent ban announced by the government.

According to police and Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) sources, owners of 50 buses launched the drive of the vehicles named ‘Eid Special’ on the highway making false documents.

The rundown buses have been seen plying on the highway despite a government ban during the Eid rush of vehicles carrying home-bound vacationers, said the sources.

Police carried out spot checks on vehicles on the road to check their road-worthiness and take action accordingly.

The also sized 10 vehicles on the highway and filed cases against the owners of it yesterday.

“Special teams of police on the highway check a vehicle for brakes, lights, side mirrors, condition of the body and engine,” said Superintendent of Police Md Mirajuddin.

“The government is working out a scheme to take the old, mechanically unsound vehicles off the roads as such vehicles pose a danger to other road users and to the environment,” said he.

Md Ashrafuzzaman, assistant secretary of BRTA said: “We have submitted a paper against the owners of unfit vehicles to additional district magistrate.”

Md Kamrul Hasan, the magistrate, said: “The drive against the rundown vehicles will be taken soon.”

Road Transport and Bridges minister Obaidul Quader on 18 September said the vehicles without license will not be allowed to use highways across the country.

Assuring that the home-goers will not face any trouble on highways during their journeys, Quader says the engineers of Roads and Highways department in every district will remain ready to immediately solve any road-related problems. 

Highway police will also remain alert to avoid road accidents and traffic jams, he added. 

The minister also urged the authorities concerned to remove all the billboards, including the political one, installed beside highways as early as possible.

The minister said this while talking to reporters after inaugurating a road adjacent to the Bangabandhu Bridge in Sirajganj. 

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