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TIB expresses concern over RTA amendment move

  • Published at 05:31 pm September 28th, 2019
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TIB urged authorities concerned to refrain from making any anti-people amendments to the act

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has expressed its concern over the move of amending the much-talked-about Road Transport Act, 2018, before its implementation.

In a press statement issued on Saturday, TIB urged the authorities concerned to refrain from making any anti-people amendments to the act, that include reducing the level of punishments, under the pressure from transport organizations.

TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman said: "According to media reports, if the government bows down to pressure and illegal demands from the transport owners and workers, it will be tantamount to contempt of court and go against the public interest.

"Particularly, the demand of reducing punishment level put forth by the transport owners-workers' organizations, at meetings of the committee formed by the National Road Safety Council, causes conflict with the court's verdict."

He continued: "Besides, most of their demands -  that include making all offences bailable, reducing fine, and fixing fifth grade the minimum level of education for a driving licence - will not be conducive to establishing good governance, justice, public safety, and discipline in the road transport system."

Dr Iftekharuzzaman said it was easy to understand that a conspiracy is being hatched by people in the transport sector, to weaken the law.

The government enacted the Road Transport Act 2018 following the countrywide student protest for road safety last year, after two of their fellow students were run over by a bus on Dhaka's Airport Road. 

However, the law is yet to be implemented.

TIB urged the authorities concerned not to be influenced by anti-people pressure and to prevent initiatives that go against the directives of prime minister to bring discipline in the road safety management.