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HC: Form task forces to stop movement of unfit, unregistered vehicles

  • Published at 10:23 pm February 16th, 2020
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Dhaka Tribune

According to the High Court order, the task forces will be headed by the concerned Deputy Commissioners (DC)

The High Court has directed the government to create task forces in every district of the country to monitor and stop the movement of unfit and unregistered vehicles on the roads.

The court asked the Secretaries to the Ministries of Public Administration, Home Affairs, and Road Transport and Bridges, to take necessary steps to establish the taskforce with coordination of police, executive magistrates, and the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA).

According to the High Court order, the task forces will be headed by the concerned Deputy Commissioners (DC).

The High Court bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam issued the order on Sunday after a hearing in this regard.

The court also fixed June 1, 2020, as the date for issuing a further order regarding this matter and asked the respondents to submit their reports about the progress of the High Court order on the same day.

Following the court order, the task forces can intercept, seize, and dump unfit and unregistered vehicles considering the law.

On February 12, 2020, the High Court asked BRTA Chairman Dr Md Kamrul Ahsan and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Md Javed Patwary to inform the court about the actions they have taken in this regard.

Previously, on March 27, 2019, the High Court issued a rule on this matter taking suo moto cognizance (when a court takes a case on their own), after a media outlet published a report about unfit vehicles on the roads across the country.

The IGP, in his report submitted on October 23, 2019, after the order issued by the High Court, said all the filling stations were served letters instructing them not to provide any fuel to unfit vehicles, which is still in effect.

On the same day, BRTA submitted a report before a High Court bench saying that only 1,65,764 vehicles renewed their fitness certificates till December 30, 2019, among the 4,58,359 vehicles that the BRTA had identified to be without valid documentation. 

The other 2,92,595 vehicles are still plying the roads without valid fitness documents since then, according to the same report.