Dhaka, Sept 4 (UNB) - Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said the draft Road Transport Bill which was recently approved by the Cabinet can still be amended.
“The Road Transport Bill was approved in principle only by the Cabinet. So, there’s nothing to worry about it,” he told a meeting at his ministry with intellectuals and experts on prevention of road accidents.
The bill will now be placed before Parliament and then to the parliamentary standing committee concerned for scrutiny, Quader said. “I’ll recommend inviting intellectuals and experts at the meeting of the standing committee for a better outcome.”
He said the bill will be passed in the upcoming parliament session which will be its last session.
The minister also said parliament will not be dissolved before the national election.
Mentioning that the bill was sent to the Cabinet one year ago and it had been waiting for its approval since then, he said, “I salute the protesting students because it finally came to the fore due to their protest.”
Quader, also General Secretary of the ruling Awami League, said they were trying to restrict the plying of three-wheelers and human-haulers on highways. “But the local representatives are backing their plying. The ban on the plying of human-haulers can be implemented if local representatives extend their cooperation,” he said, adding that everything will come under discipline if politics is brought under regulation.
Ilias Kanchan, renowned actor and founder of road safety organisation ‘Nirapad Sarak Chai’ said the provision of highest 5 years’ jail in the draft bill for any death or serious injuries caused by reckless driving is not enough.
He demanded that the punishment be raised to at least 10 years’ jail.
The safe road campaigner also demanded a provision of murder case under section 302 if people die in road accidents involving a vehicle having no fitness and licence, or with fake licence.
He also suggested that educational qualification of both drivers and helpers should be above Class-VIII and considering road crash victim’s age, income and condition while providing compensation.
On August 6 last, the Cabinet approved the draft Road Transport Bill with a provision of highest 5 years’ jail or fine or both for any death or serious injuries caused by reckless driving.
Under the proposed law, if death through road crash is proved as intentional murder then the offenders will be punished as per the Penal Code.
Architect Mubasshar Hussain, columnist Syed Abul Maksud, director of Accident Research Institute (ARI) of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) Dr Mizanur Rahman and representatives of transport owners and workers were present at the meeting with Obaidul Quader in the chair.
Khagrachhari, Sept 4 (UNB) – A court here on Tuesday placed Rabendra Tripura alias Shanta, an activist of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (MN Larma), to two-day remand in a case filed over the murder of Krittika Tripura alias Punati.
Senior Chief Judicial Magistrate Morshed Alam passed the order when A Samad, officer-in-charge of Dighinala Police Station and also the investigation officer of the case, produced Shanta before the court with seven-day remand prayer.
Police recovered the body of an indigenous girl, Krittika Tripura alias Punati, 11, daughter of Anumoti Tripura and a class-V student, from Noymail area in Dighinala upazila on July 28.
Police arrested four people in this connection and they are now in jail.
After investigation, police arrested Shanta from Larma Square on Saturday and he was taken into police custody.
Dhaka, Sept 4 (UNB) – Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia on Thursday said no human-hauler, locally named as Leguna, will be allowed to ply the streets of the capital.
He also said no motorcycle will be given fuel in the city unless its riders have helmets.
“Serious traffic problems are created on the city streets due to the plying of such vehicles which are also the main causes of road accidents,” the DMP commissioner said while addressing a press conference organised at its media centre on the occasion of the month-long traffic management programme.
He also said a large number of Leguna are carrying people illegally on Dhaka streets though these human-haulers do not have any route permit.
Such vehicles can only ply the roads outside the city like the 300 Feet or in Bosila area, said Asaduzzaman Mia.
Mentioning that not more than two riders will be allowed in a motorcycle, he urged both riders to use helmets.
The DMP chief also said fuelling stations in Dhaka city have been asked to refrain from providing fuel to those bikers who will be found without helmets.
He said some 322 members of Rover Scout will join police for managing traffic in different points of the capital during the month-long special traffic management programme beginning on Wednesday.
Asaduzzaman also said the special campaign will continue, if necessary, until discipline is restored on roads.
He urged the private vehicle owners to remove flag stands from their vehicles and refrain from using beacon lights and hooters.
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The DMP has fixed 121 bus stops in the capital, Asaduzzaman said, adding that bus drivers have been asked to stop their buses in the designated spots and keep the gates of their vehicles locked while running from one stop to another.
He asked the bus drivers to refrain from dangerous competition and hang their mobile phone numbers in the vehicles as well as stop talking over mobile phones while driving.
The DMP Commissioner asked the bus owners to recruit drivers after examining their licences and check whether drivers are drug addicts. They have also been asked not to run vehicles on contract basis to avoid dangerous competition among the drivers.
The DMP has also taken an initiative to introduce a model traffic system from Jahangir Gate to Zero Point in the city, he said.
He also said the height of road dividers will be raised to 4.5-5 feet so no passerby can cross roads haphazardly.
The model traffic system will be implemented in other roads gradually, Asaduzzaman said.
Issuing a note of warning to jaywalkers, he said legal action will be taken against those found to violate traffic rules through conducting mobile court drives.
Replying to a query about footpaths, the DMP commissioner said, “The footpaths will be free from illegal occupation. Footpaths in some areas have already been freed and the rest will be freed in phases. Work to keep footpaths free from encroachers is going on with city corporations concerned and Rajuk.”
Dhaka, Sept 3 (UNB) - Law Minister Anisul Huq on Monday said the current parliament will not be dissolved ahead of the upcoming national election.
“The [next] parliament session beginning on September 9 will be its last session. However, the current parliament won’t be dissolved for the polls. It’ll continue until its tenure,” he said.
The minister was talking to reporters after attending a function organised by Dhaka Registrar’s Office at Tejgaon.
Anisul said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will announce the polls-time government and it is only she who knows what will be its size. “It’s her responsibility. I don’t know anything [else],” he said.
Asked about the Election Commission’s move to amend the Representation of the People Order (RPO), he said the file reached the Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division of his ministry for vetting and legal advice. “The file is yet to reach my desk. The Legislative Division will examine it and then send it to me.”
Dhaka, Sept 3 (UNB) – The High Court will now hear on Tuesday a bail petition filed by Shahidul Alam, renowned photographer and Managing Director of Drik Gallery, in a case filed under the ICT Act.
An HC bench of Justice Md Ruhul Quddus and Justice Khandaker Diliruzzaman fixed the date on Monday following a time petition filed by Deputy Attorney General Arbinda Kumar Roy.
Barrister Sarah Hossain stood for Shahidul Alam while Arbinda Kumar Roy represented the state.
Earlier on August 29, the High Court set September 3 to hear the bail petition of Shahidul Alam in the case.
His lawyers filed the bail petition on August 28.
Detectives arrested Shahidul Alam from his Dhanmondi residence on August 5 and the case was filed against him with Ramna Police Station on August 6. He was also placed on a seven-day remand in the case.
Police claimed that he spread propaganda through his Facebook account during the student movement demanding safe roads which is harmful for the state.