• Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020
  • Last Update : 10:57 pm

Microbus, pickup drivers given green light to drive buses, trucks

  • Published at 09:11 pm August 27th, 2018
long route buses
File photo of a microbus, a long route bus and other light and medium-sized vehicles on a highway Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The move apparently is aimed at addressing the shortage of licenced and skilled drivers of heavy vehicles

The government has decided to permit the drivers of light vehicles to drive medium-sized vehicles and the drivers of medium-sized vehicles to drive heavy vehicles, such as buses and trucks.

The move apparently is aimed at addressing a shortage of licenced and skilled drivers of heavy vehicles and at ensuring the proper movement of passengers and freight on the country’s road network.

Under the relaxed rules, all those with professional and minimum one-year-old light vehicle driving licences will be able to apply for driving licences for medium-sized vehicles.

Similarly, those with professional and minimum one-year-old medium-sized vehicle driving licences will be able to seek licences for heavy vehicles.

Motorcycle, private car and CNG-run auto-rickshaw fall in the light vehicle category, while microbus and pickups fall in the medium-sized vehicle category.

The opportunity to convert the licences will be in effect until December 31 this year.

A gazette notification issued in this regard by the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry and signed by Joint Secretary Md Kamrul Ahsan on August 16 was published on yesterday on the website of the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA).

The drivers were, however, reminded to follow the traffic rules, signs and signals, guidelines and other government directives while driving their motorized vehicles.

The lack of skilled and licenced drivers came to light yet again during a student movement demanding safer roads at the beginning of this month.

The death of two college students under the wheels of a speeding bus on Dhaka’s Airport Road on July 29 had sparked the movement that spread nationwide within days.

For a week, thousands of school and college students had enforced the traffic laws on their own, including checking the driving licences and registration and fitness certificate of all vehicles, in the capital and elsewhere.

blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail