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Shajahan Khan: No point blaming only drivers for road crashes

The former minister said they would not tolerate any injustice towards drivers

Update : 02 May 2019, 11:11 PM

Claiming that drivers are not solely responsible for road accidents, former shipping minister Shajahan Khan on Thursday said shifting blame on them would never bring any fruitful solution.

"After any accident, people always demand capital punishment of the driver and his helper and go on a rampage. But they never try to understand who are actually responsible for the accident," he said.

Shajahan, also executive president of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation (BRTWF), was addressing a meeting on road accidents arranged at the Mohangar Natya Mancha's Kazi Bashir Auditorium in Gulistan, reports UNB.

He also warned drivers against driving vehicles without licences or with fake licences. "As a leader of the workers' federation, I want to warn all concerned that if anyone drives vehicles without licence or uses fake licence, we will take organizational steps against them."

The former minister, however, said they would not tolerate any injustice towards drivers or their helpers.

Describing extortion as a major challenge in ensuring better services on roads, he said: "If we can totally stop extortion on highways, we can ensure better services for all."

Speaking at the event, Bangladesh Road Transport Owners' Association President Moshiur Rahman Ranga claimed that the transport sector was passing through a bad situation as drivers and helpers had no safety.

He said they would never oppose if law enforcers arrested any driver or helper responsible for any accident. "But if any innocent is harassed, we will take tough steps."

Among others, Bangladesh Road Transport Owners' Association Secretary General Khandaker Enyetullah, also spoke on the occasion.

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