Despite repeated loss of life and limb year round, road accidents continue to be an all too common for the Bangladeshi citizen.
Yesterday alone, 17 people were killed as a result in separate road accidents in Brahmanbaria, Tangail, and Madaripur.
All three accidents involved buses. This is symptomatic of the terrible culture of impunity afforded to many bus drivers and their owners, who drive with absolute disregard for the sanctity of human life.
Buses are often seen breaking traffic laws, cutting lanes, overtaking from the wrong side, holding up the traffic, and slamming into other competing buses.
The police need to come down harder on traffic violations and, though this does not apply to buses alone, they have been the biggest offenders.
Many of the bus drivers are underaged, unlicensed, or carry fake licenses, or are sometimes too tired from overwork or lack of sleep to be driving in the first place.
Not only that, many of the buses, both local and for inter-city travel, are in poor shape, with no routine checks performed to make sure they’re safe.
Buses need to be better regulated so that incidents such as these are prevented. Solely coming down on private cars, which comprise a much smaller percentage of accidents, is both inefficient and unjust.
There needs to be a governing body that ensures that these companies are following the law by hiring qualified drivers and keeping the conditions of their vehicles under check. They are responsible for the lives of too many people for the authorities to ignore.