The strike has inconvenienced hundreds of thousands
Transport workers have started a 48-hour strike across the country to press home their eight-point demand, including amending the Road Transport Act 2018.
Hundreds of thousands of commuters and passengers are suffering due to the strike that began at 6am on Sunday.
The Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation announced the strike on Saturday at a rally in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka.
On September 19, parliament passed the act following nationwide protests demanding safe roads after the death of two college students on Airport Road in Dhaka.
According to the law, if a driver kills or injures somebody because of reckless or negligent driving, they face a maximum sentence of five years in jail, a fine of Tk 5 lakh, or both.
Our Khulna correspondent said that no intra-district buses have left the terminal since the morning.
Azmal Hossain, who commutes from Khulna to Bagerhat every day, said he needs to go to the office but cannot find direct transport due to the strike.
“I have to manage an alternative arrangement to reach the office,” he said.
Khulna Motor Workers’ Union leader Zakir Hossain Biplob urged the public to endure the suffering as it is in their best interest.
In Rangpur, no Dhaka-bound buses left from eight districts of the division and intra-district buses also suspended operations.
Mamtaz, a university student, said she will miss an exam on Monday if she cannot reach Dhaka.
Rangpur Motor Workers’ Union leader Modhu said they will not start working until the government amends the Road Transport Act.
“We will continue our protest until our demands are met,” said Rangpur divisional Road Transport Federation General Secretary, Abdul Mazid.
Rangpur Kotwali police station’s Officer-in-Charge Rezaul Karim said an adequate number of police have been deployed to major points of the city, including bus terminals.
Transport strikes are also taking place in: Tangail, Manikganj, Barisal, Kushtia, and Kurigram.
Our Kurigram correspondent reports that transport workers, armed with sticks, have blocked the operation of all transportation except that of rickshaws and motorcycles.
Farhad Hossain, a college teacher in Chilmari upazila, said he headed to work on a battery-run auto-rickshaw but the transport workers stopped him and assaulted the driver.
“I walked 5km to the college,” he said.
Kurigram Motor Workers’ Union President Majidul Sardar said they will not run services until their demands are met.