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Nationwide transport strike called off

  • Published at 11:41 pm October 9th, 2018
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A meeting between Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and the leaders of BGTOWUA brought the strike to an end

Goods transport sector leaders have called off their countrywide strike after a discussion with the home minister.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal held a meeting with leaders of Bangladesh Goods Transport Owners Workers United Association (BGTOWUA) at his office on Tuesday.

“Leaders of transport workers decided to call off the strike after a successful meeting with me,” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told BSS over phone after the meeting.

He said the transport leaders placed their seven-point demand, including bringing changes to the Road Transport Act 2018, during the meeting.

“I assured the leaders that I will oversee police related issues regarding the matter,” he said.

A 33-member delegation of BGTOWUA, led by Haji Mokbul Ahmed, convener, Talukder M Monir, joint convener and Tajul Islam, member secretary of the association, met the minister.

Acting inspector general of police M Mokesur Rahman and Deputy Inspector General of Highway Police Atiqul Islam were present at the meeting.

On September 19, parliament passed the much-anticipated Road Transport Act 2018 amid criticism over lenient punishments for deaths caused by reckless driving.

According to the new law, if anybody causes an accident by reckless and negligent driving, and kills or injures someone seriously, they would face a maximum five years’ imprisonment or a fine of Tk5 lakh or both.

However, if it is found that a driver has deliberately killed anyone or not averted a killing in a road accident, the incident will fall under either section 302 (murder) or 304 (culpable homicide) of the Penal Code.

The highest punishment under section 302 of the Penal Code is the death penalty while it is life imprisonment under section 304.

In response to this law, the Goods Transport Owners Workers United Association called a countrywide strike aimed at pressing home their seven-point demand, including bringing changes to the Road Transport Act 2018.