Protesters started blocking the roads around 6:15am
Traffic movement on the Dhaka-Chittagong, Dhaka-Narayanganj and Dhaka-Sylhet highway has resumed after transport workers had blocked the highways for eight hours.
Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday, Narayanganj Traffic Police Inspector Mollah Taslim Hossain said transport workers suspended their protests on the highway in the afternoon.
Although the blockade was removed, vehicles on the highways remain thin causing immense suffering to long distance commuters along the routes.
Earlier, transport owners and workers blocked the Dhaka-Chittagong highway and the Dhaka-Narayanganj link road in order to protest against the newly enforced Road Transport Act 2018.
They started blocking the roads around 6:15am.
Traffic Inspector of Signboard area, Md Ziaul Karim, said: “A group of transport workers blocked the Dhaka-Chittagong highway with their vehicles, creating a four-kilometer traffic jam.
“They even forced out drivers from other vehicles, and included them in their strike.”
The protesting workers did not let any Dhaka bound vehicle enter or leave the Dhaka-Narayanganj highway.
Meanwhile, locals complained that they were the worst sufferers of this dispute between the government and the transport association.
Primary Education Completion (PEC) examinees and regular office goers in various areas of Naryanganj had to pay hiked up fares due to this strike.
Narayanganj District Bus-Minibus Central Owners’ Association President Moktar Hossain said: “The government has implemented this new law after inspecting every possible angle of it. I don’t think anyone has anything to say about it.”