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Road Safety Act goes into action from Nov 1

  • Published at 07:03 pm October 23rd, 2019
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Photo: Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Parliament passed the Road Transport Act, 2018, on September 19 last year, following the student movement. President Abdul Hamid approved the law on October 9 the same year

The government is going to enforce the Road Transport Act -2018 from November 1, said Road Transport and Highways Division secretary Nazrul Islam.

A gazette notification has been issued in this regard on Wednesday.

The gazette published just a day after Prime Minister’s speech on the road traffic issues on Tuesday, on the occasion of National Road Safety Day.

Following the death of two college students, parliament passed the Road Transport Act, 2018, on September 19 last year. President Abdul Hamid approved the law on October 9 the same year.

A gazette notification was also published about the passage of the law but it was mentioned that the government would set the law in motion after fixing an implementation schedule with an official notification. 

According to the act, the government by a notification will decide the date for implementation of the law.

Ultimately, the law has been finalized, and it is going to be enforced from November 1, 2019 following a gazette notification issued by the Road Transport and Highways Division. 

The government had formed a high powered committee in February this year, to make recommendations for cutting down road accidents and bringing discipline to the roads.

The committee, headed by former shipping minister Shajahan Khan, submitted its report in April with 111 recommendations, and a taskforce to implement the recommendations was formed in September.

The recommendations included 50, which are to be implemented by December this year. However, the taskforce is yet to begin its work.

Meanwhile, a legal notice has been served to issue a gazette notification date of Road Transport Act 2018.

Advocate Manzil Murshid sent the notice on behalf of the Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) in April this year.