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Quader: Road Transport Act to restore discipline on the roads

  • Published at 12:48 pm August 2nd, 2018
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader
File photo of Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader Dhaka Tribune

The draft bill will be tabled in the next cabinet meeting

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said that once the Road Transport Act comes into effect it will be able to restore discipline on the roads.

He said the students’ demands will also be fulfilled once the bill is passed.  

 “If the draft of the Road Transport Act is enacted into law then it will be possible to ensure the highest punishment for those responsible for road accidents—and restore discipline on the roads,” he told reporters at the Secretariat—after a meeting with Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Thursday.

The draft bill will be tabled in the next cabinet meeting. After the cabinet approves the bill, it will be placed before the parliament for vetting. Then the bill will be enacted as law.

The minister said they asked private bus owners to return to work—but they are panicked.

He asked the students to stop their demonstrations.  

Meanwhile, BNP held a press conference and endorsed the ongoing demonstration.  

Responding to a question, Quader said BNP does not have capabilities of its own. “They support the quota movement and student protests, but they have no courage to wage a movement of their own.”

Students demonstrated, for the fifth consecutive day, in Dhaka, demanding road safety, following the deaths of two students in a road accident on Airport Road on Sunday.