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Bus services halted on Hili-Bogra route

  • Published at 12:06 am November 17th, 2019
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File Photo: Buses of the Hili-Bogra route parked at Hili bus terminal in Dinajpur on Saturday, November 16, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Drivers have suspended their services on Saturday after parking their vehicles at Hili bus terminal

Bus drivers have halted bus transportation services in Hili-Bogra route for an indefinite period, demanding reformation of the newly enacted Road Transportation Act 2018.

Drivers have suspended their services on Saturday after parking their vehicles at Hili bus terminal.

Passengers are suffering from the sudden haltage, and are paying escalated fare to vans, rickshaws, three-wheelers, and other vehicles.

According to the bus drivers, abundant vans, rickshaws, CNG-run auto-rickshaws abruptly change lanes on the highways leading to accidents. Bus drivers never intentionally seek out collisions.

Speaking on recently effective law for transportation, Rezaul Islam, and Imran Hossain, among other protesting drivers said, “Now the bus drivers are to pay minimum Tk500,000 as compensation to the injured, and face the death penalty for any fatality.”

“We refuse to be jailed for transporting people. So we shut down the services,” they added before demanding the reformation of the road transport law.

Local motor transport labour union leader Ataur Rahman Milan denied any involvement of Dinajpur Transport Workers’ Union with the ongoing transportation halt.

“Drivers stopped working by their own decision,” he said.