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Shajahan wants bail option for drivers under new RTA

BRTA has failed to provide licences to drivers in due time, Shahjahan says

Update : 24 Nov 2019, 08:36 PM

President of the Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation, Shajahan Khan, has said drivers should be brought to justice under the new Road Transport Act (RTA) if they commit any crime, but there should be a provision of securing bail in the law.

There will be a crisis of drivers if they remain in custody for a long time and cannot drive, he said on Sunday, at the first meeting of the taskforce formed to submit recommendations to curb road accidents and restore discipline on roads and highways, reports UNB.

“Having a bail provision is our demand to the government. It is up to them whether they fulfill it or not,” Shajahan said. 

He said over 3,000-4,000 road accidents occur every year, and if all the 4,000 drivers go off driving, there will be a crisis in the transport sector, he added. 

Shajahan went on to say: “We still do not have the capacity to create new professional drivers by providing them institutional training.”

He also said the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) is failing to provide licences to drivers due to their limitations.

Pointing to media reports on transport strikes, Shajahan said there is no strike now and drivers with fake licences are not driving vehicles as they are subject to fines. 

Everything on the highways and roads is fine now, Shajahan said, adding that the vehicles which do not have fitness certificates are not on the roads, and the number of vehicles on the roads is now lower. 

The new Road and Transport Act 2018 that took effect on November 1 does not allow drivers any bail when a case is filed against them.

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