The secretary general of Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity said transport owners and workers have become used to disobeying the law, as laws in the road and communication sector in Bangladesh are hardly implemented properly
The recently approved Road Transport Act 2018 only serves the interest of transport workers and labourers, not of the general public, Mozammel Haque Chowdhury, secretary general of Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity has said.
Mozammel made the claims during a press conference organized by Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity at the Mukti auditorium in the Paltan area of Dhaka, on Saturday.
The government approved the act without consulting any passenger representatives, Mozammel said.
To protect their own interests, influential transport owners' and workers' organizations influenced the government in drafting the law, he said.
Mozammel claimed that the issues of developing passenger services in public transports, stemming corruption in road construction works and ensuring passenger welfare have been neglected in the law.
"Despite the presence of a registered passenger welfare association in the country, the authority did not take their opinions under consideration while drafting the law," The secretary general said. "The law does not represent the wants of the general passengers."
Road accidents have turned into an epidemic, with an average of 50-64 people getting killed and 150 people becoming injured, Mozammel alleged.
"If the rule of law is not established on the roads, this epidemic will not stop," he said.
Terming the newly drafted act as ineffective, Mozammel said it will not be enough to resolve the existing problems in public transportation.
The secretary general said transport owners and workers have become used to disobeying the law, as laws in the road and communication sector in Bangladesh are hardly implemented properly.
"Whenever initiatives are taken in the interest of the public, or to demand road safety, owners and workers groups hold the passengers hostage by holding a strike," he claimed.
In order to ensure the representation of passenger organizations alongside owner and labour organizations, Mozammel urged the government to include the rights and demands of the general passengers in all areas- including public transport, regional transport committees and road safety committees.
He asked for the president's direct intervention in the proper implementation of the Road Transport Act 2018.