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No vehicles to ply without digital number plate from January

Update : 14 Oct 2015, 07:36 PM

Motor vehicles without a digital retro-reflective number plate and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags will not be allowed to ply on the nation’s roads and highways from January 1, said Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader.

He said that all vehicles must collect the digital number plate and RFID tags, issued by Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), within December 31. If a vehicle violates this, it will not be allowed to run anywhere in the nation from the start of next year.

The minister made the announcement after a meeting was held at the secretariat yesterday.

A gazette notification was also issued yesterday by Road Transport and Highways Division in this regard. The license plates, which aim to curb road rage and monitor vehicular movement, were launched by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2012.

RFID-tagged retro-reflective license plates will help identify a vehicle and also curb the use of fake plates on vehicles.

According to the BRTA database, as of August this year, 23,07957 registered vehicles are plying across the nation.

The number of non-registered vehicles, however, is almost double, according to the Passengers Welfare Association. 

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