They want the Road Transport Act, 2018 scrapped
To press home their demands, workers stopped driving vehicles on five routes, namely Sunamganj, Derai, Jagannnathpur, Jamalganj, and Chattak from early on Tuesday. However, BRTC buses are plying on the roads amid the strike.
Abu Noman, a businessman from Moulvibazar, said that he came to Sunamganj and was supposed to go to Sylhet. However, due to the strike, he could not reach there in time.
Md Alamin, who visited Sunamganj from Savar, vented his frustration saying that he came to the bus terminal to return to Dhaka. However, no bus was leaving the terminal.
Askow Mia, from Ikbalnagar village of Sunamganj, said that he went to the bus terminal as his ailing wife had an appointment with a doctor in Sylhet. The strike forced him to cancel the appointment.
Minibus driver Sudhindra Das said: ''It is impossible to drive vehicles on roads while abiding by this stringent transport act, as hefty fines are included in every section of the newly enacted law. A transport worker cannot not pay such large amounts as fines.''
Nurul Amin, another driver, said: “We will go for tougher movements if the government does not amend the existing transport act.''
Sub inspector (SI) Jahangir Alom of Sunamganj Model police station said: ''We took position in front of the central bus terminal after being informed of the strike. Everything is under control.”