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Instructions to run public transport following 15 conditions

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 08:59 PM, 29 May 2020  

Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader; File Photo

Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader; File Photo

Directing the bus owners and workers to follow the 15 instructions, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Friday said that the government has instructed to run public transport with a small number of passengers in compliance with the health rules from next Monday. 

He made the remarks in a video conference during a meeting with BRTC officials and transport owners and labor leaders at the Banani Road Transport Building in the capital. 

The Awami League General Secretary said Sheikh Hasina’s government decided to shut down the public transport in the first week of March along with the general holiday. “Although the number of deaths and infections of coronavirus has increased alarmingly in different countries of the world, the lockdown is being relaxed considering the overall aspect.”

He added that the government has decided not to extend the general holiday and to reopen the public transport conditionally in consultation with experts and technical officials to keep the wheel of livelihood of the people alive. “Transportation has a relationship with millions of workers and employers. Sheikh Hasina is a humane person, her humanity and love for the country is infinite.”

Obaidul Quader told the transport workers-owners, “You have to make a conditional decision through discussion today on how to provide passenger services and comply with hygiene rules. Public transport is extremely important and can be risky for infection. Therefore, a decision has to be taken through discussion.”

There are many passengers, drivers, workers, transport-related people – if there is a coronavirus patient – others can be infected as well. So, it is necessary to decide how to provide a limited range of passenger services in a submerged way, not in a pouring way, he also said. “The instructions must be strictly adhered to.” 

The 15 instructions given by the Bridges Minister – 

  1. Hygiene, social distance, physical distance must be strictly adhered to.
  2. The bus terminal can never be crowded. 
  3. Passengers will get up standing in line at a distance of three feet. 
  4. Adequate handwashing should be provided at the station. 
  5. No passenger can be taken standing on the bus. 
  6. Passengers cannot be taken in all the seats of the bus.
  7. 25 to 30 percent of seats have to be left vacant.
  8. If you are a family member of the passenger, you can be seated in the side seat, not otherwise. 
  9. Masks are mandatory for passengers, bus conductors and drivers. 
  10. The vehicle must be sprayed with good disinfectants on all sides of the station. 
  11. Passengers need to ensure physical distance while getting on and off. 
  12. The duties of drivers and conductors cannot be continued. They have to rest on the specified day or the next day.
  13.  It is better to refrain from tea breaks on the highway.
  14. No one can say where the coronavirus infection will come from. So, passengers have to spray disinfectant on their luggage and handbags.
  15. In order to determine the rent, it is necessary to determine the reasonable rent in consultation with the committee of BRTA.

The Bridges Minister further said that the Prime Minister was able to realize the hardships that the transport workers had to endure in the coronavirus. “Her bold decision to launch public transport is revealed to you today. You will respect the trust she has in you,” he added.