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

  • Published at 09:11 pm August 27th, 2018
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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.