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Dhaka Tribune

Get the wheels turning

Update : 21 Apr 2013, 03:53 AM



The government’s inflexibility in its regulations with regard to the import of taxis is a glaring example of bureaucracy at its very worst.

In a city crippled by traffic congestion, it makes no sense for the authorities to engage in actions that limit public transport options. A few days ago, the finance minister made the claim that traffic in the city could be curbed or controlled by limiting the import of private cars. While we do not necessarily agree with his assertion that limiting imports would be a good idea, having fewer private cars on the road certainly won’t hurt.

However, the only way you can really stop people from taking their cars out is to provide viable alternatives – options that the city currently lacks.

Options such as mass/bus rapid transit systems are impossible to implement in the short-term.

This leaves us with improving the other options we currently enjoy. Unfortunately, the government itself, that should be solving these issues, is getting in the way instead.

Taxis are a popular form of public transport the world over. In Dhaka, they have the potential to really improve the traffic situation. Their efficacy, in this regard, can be seen in other crowded Asian cities such as Jakarta and Bangkok.

An addition to the current fleet of dilapidated taxis would definitely be welcome; many may be tempted to leave their cars at home. The personal benefits – not having to drive, park etc – are very real considerations for individuals.

While regulations are required to ensure that certain standards are met. There is certainly a point where they become unnecessarily stifling. The authorities have not only let it get to that point, they are unbending in their stance, refusing to amend the regulations. The government should not worry itself with where the new fleet of taxis is painted, amongst other ridiculous examples.

It is high time to take steps to remedy this issue. 



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