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Parliamentary committee files report to bring back discipline on roads

  • Published at 05:42 pm August 22nd, 2019
File photo: People seen standing beside wreckage after a bus rammed a parked truck in Gopalganj's Kashiani upazila on Monday, July 29, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Report with 111 recommendations submitted before the 27th meeting of the National Road Safety Council

A parliamentary committee, headed by former shipping minister Shahjahan Khan, has placed a report with 111 recommendations to bring back discipline and control road accidents on the country’s roads.

The report was submitted to Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader at the 26th meeting of the National Road Safety Council at the Road Transport and Highways Department in the Secretariat, on Thursday.

Of the 111 recommendations mentioned in the report, 50 of them have been marked for immediate implementation, while 32 for short-term and 29 for long-term implementation.

Earlier on February 19, the government formed a 15-member parliamentary committee to control road accidents, led by Shahjahan Khan, and later added eight more members to the committee for the cause.

The cause of road accidents were primarily identified as road conditions, inefficient drivers, unfit vehicles, driver's misconduct, and road construction engineering defects, lack of duty from concerned ministry, office and organization, among others.

The committee’s report was finalized following seven meetings among its members.

“I just accepted the report at today's meeting. A taskforce will be created at the 27th meeting of the National Road Safety Council, on September 5, for this purpose,” Obaidul Quader said after the meeting concluded.