A total of 479,320 vehicles are running on Bangladesh’s roads without fitness certificates
The High Court has directed defaulter vehicle owners to collect or renew their fitness certificates from Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) office by September 30.
The bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam passed the order on Monday.
The court said if vehicle owners do not collect the required fitness certificates by deadline then the vehicles will not be allowed on the roads.
The bench warned them of issuing an order of seizing all the vehicles without proper and updated fitness certificates from October 15.
The court also fixed October 15 for the next hearing on the matter.
The High Court ordered BRTA to issue public notification and circulate advertisement through print and electronic media, informing about their directives.
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The court also asked BRTA chairman and inspector general of police (IGP) to submit separate reports on the implementation of the given directives.
Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik stood on behalf of state while Barrister Moin Firozi and M Rafiul Islam represented BRTA.
Earlier in the day, BRTA submitted a report to the High Court informing that a total of 479,320 vehicles are running without fitness certificates on the roads across Bangladesh.
A total of 39,837 cases had been filed and Tk6.72 crore was collected as fines from these vehicles for operating without proper fitness clearance this year, the report further stated.
Some 214 vehicles without fitness were also sent for dumping while 728 drivers were handed down with different punishments.