Three mobile courts carried out the drive at Dhaka South City Corporation, fining bus drivers and owners Tk87,000 for operating unlicensed, unserviceable buses and bringing a total of 75 cases against the drivers and owners. Three old buses were also seized and dumped.
Jointly conducted by DSCC, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), and Dhaka District Administration, with the cooperation of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), the mobile courts ran the drive at Bangabandhu Avenue, Dainik Bangla intersection and Motijheel in the capital.
BRTA Executive Magistrate Md Abdus Salam led the mobile court in Gulistan, Dhaka District Administration Executive Magistrate Touhid Elahi led the court at Dainik Bangla, while the court at Motijheel was led by DSCC Executive Magistrate Mamun Sardar.
The mobile courts penalised drivers for operating old buses, lacking driving licenses, driving under the age of 18, parking illegally on roads, and not displaying fare charts on the buses, among other offences.
Very few old buses were seen on the city roads on the day due to the drive.
DSCC Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon was at the drive on Bangabandhu Avenue around 11am.
“Accidents continue to occur due to the plying of unfit vehicles, the lack of awareness and skills displayed by drivers, and some drivers being under aged. Traffic jams also occur due to vehicles parking randomly on the roads,” he said.
He added that the drive would continue for 15 days and may be extended if unfit, unlicenced buses continue to ply while the drive is carried out.
The DSCC mayor again asked bus owners to hire skilled drivers 18 years of age or older with BRTA issued driving licenses, and also warned that legal action would be taken against drivers aged 18 or older who illegally acquired BRTA licenses by hiding their legal age.
On February 15, Khokon announced that public buses older than 20 years would be banned from March 1.
He made the announcement after a meeting with senior officials of BRTA, DMP, Rajuk, the Dhaka district deputy commissioner’s office, and Dhaka Transport Co-ordination Authority at Nagar Bhaban.