As terrifying as it may sound, something like 80% of drivers of BRTA-registered vehicles do not have the appropriate licence to be behind a wheel.
Many are driving heavy vehicles while they are licensed for only light to medium vehicles, or have no licence at all.
And it should come as no surprise to anyone who has seen the tender faces of many of these drivers, that the roads are filled with drivers not old enough to even qualify for licences.
Is it any surprise, then, that Bangladesh’s road fatality rate is so high?
It is appallingly irresponsible of the authorities to let untrained, unlicensed hands endanger the lives of all those who travel on our roads and highways.
These unfit drivers need to be taken off the street immediately.