Road Safety Audit introduced to ensure safe roads in country
Published: 02:51 PM, 24 October 2020
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader
The Road Safety Audit has been introduced to ensure safe roads in the country like developed countries in the world. A revolutionary change will take place in the road network of Bangladesh in the next two to three years, said Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader.
He made the remarks in a video conference on the occasion of Safe Roads Day jointly organized by BRAC and World Bank on Saturday.
Speaking as the chief guest, Obaidul Quader said women are more careful while driving compared to men. They respect the law. “For this, the government is increasing the opportunities to create female drivers,” he said.
Welcoming the joint venture of BRAC and the World Bank at the private level to halve the road accident and its fatality rate, the Bridges Minister said it would be easier to achieve any goal in these sectors if the government, as well as the private sector, were involved.
He said the legal framework has been strengthened to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target for reducing road accidents by 50 percent and the Decade of Action for Road Safety by the United Nations for the second time.
Obaidul Quader said skilled and trained drivers are needed to ensure safe roads. Realizing this reality, the government is working to increase the training facilities for professional drivers, he added.
Referring the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s vision for the next generation, the Awami League General Secretary said, “Sheikh Hasina’s dream is to build a prosperous and developed Bangladesh.”
Miz Dandan Chen, acting Country Director of the World Bank, Asif Saleh, Executive Director of BRAC, Ahmed Nazmul Hossain, Director of BRAC Road Safety Program, Dipan Bose, Senior Transport Specialist of the World Bank and many others were present on the virtual platform.