‘Easybikes, three-wheelers to be brought under registration’
Published: 03:32 PM, 18 February 2021
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader; File Photo
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said the government is going to bring autorickshaws like easybikes, three-wheelers under registration to control road accidents and road safety.
He made the remarks while addressing the 28th meeting of the National Road Safety Council at the BRTA headquarters in the capital on Thursday via video conference from his official residence.
Obaidul Quader said the government is going to bring easybikes, three-wheelers under registration to control road accidents and road safety. For this, a sub-committee has been formed to determine the strategy by scrutinizing the recommendations of the committee formed by the Road Transport Division.
Remarking the views of the concerned stakeholders have already been taken to make the legal framework more up-to-date and logical to ensure safe roads, the minister said, “Legal fears will be strengthened by following due process in a short time.”
“Road safety audit has been introduced on the country's highways for the first time,” he said.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister further said that the long wait of people for driving license is going to end. “The work of issuing quality licenses will start from the last week of this month,” he informed
The Minister said a National Road Safety Strategic Plan was adopted for road safety from 2017 to 2020. At the end of the plan period, a new strategic plan for 2021 to 2024 was presented as per the instructions of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to formulate a new action plan. “This is a long-term plan, so the committee is tasked with finalizing recommendations for the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan,” he added.
The minister said the committee would finalize the draft within the next month and submit it to the next Road Safety Council for approval.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Railway Minister Nurul Islam Sujan, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Barrister Sheikh Fazle Nur Taposh, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam, MP Shahjahan Khan and secretaries of various ministries, columnist Syed Abul Maksud, Nirapod Sarak Chai chairman Ilias Kanchan, DMP commissioner and other transport owners and labor leaders were present at the BRTA office and on the virtual platform.