Job security for transport workers would ensure accountability, which in turn would ensure road safety for everyone
If the past 12 months have proven anything to us, it is that road safety is becoming an increasingly pressing issue for Bangladeshis.
We have witnessed multiple major movements by citizens seeking a solution to damages and deaths caused by road accidents, and the government has repeatedly ensured us that they are working on it.
While fines and stricter punitive actions for offenders is one way of approaching a solution, there is a need to ensure accountability on the part of transport companies so that any further death and destruction are avoided.
To that end, recognizing the transport sector as a formal industrial entity could prove instrumental.
One of the key issues that workers in the transport sector have to face is the lack of any job security. While trade unions within the sector have, for years, tried to ensure job security for transport workers, they have not been able to ensure it.
A potential answer lies in the formalization of the industry.
By formalizing the transport industry, company owners would be forced to introduce structure into their organizations and hire workers on an official capacity through appointment letters, thereby ensuring job security for everyone involved in the sector.
Job security for transport workers would ensure accountability, which in turn would ensure road safety for everyone.
As a megacity, Dhaka has enough infrastructural problems for both the private and public spheres to tackle, and road safety is one of the most, if not the most, fundamental problem that needs to be solved.