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Decision on buses to ply with half seats postponed

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 07:47 PM, 13 January 2022   Updated: 09:58 PM, 13 January 2022

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The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) recently announced half the seats will be vacant in public transports to tackle the COVID pandemic. Now, the agency has withdrawn that decision.

According to the new decision, “passengers can be transported as many seats as there are in a public transport”, however, everyone has to follow the hygiene rules, BRTA says.

Khandaker Enayet Ullah, general secretary of Dhaka Road Transport Owners Association, confirmed the information to the media on Thursday evening.

He said BRTA chairman Nur Mohammad Mazumder told us that public transport can carry “as many passengers as it has seats” from Saturday. “Because transport crisis took place when half of the passengers travel”. In this case, passengers and transport drivers and helpers have to follow strict hygiene rules. 

Khandaker Enayet Ullah further said we have conveyed the message of BRTA to all transport owners. In this case, “strict action” will be taken against “those who do not follow the hygiene rules” of the government.

“We have requested the police administration on the road to look into the matter. That is why our helpers and drivers are being trained,” said the leader of the Transport Owners Association.

Meanwhile, on January 10, the government issued 11-point restrictions to prevent the COVID pandemic. Article 6 of the 11-point restriction states that “trains, buses and launches must carry half the passengers”. All vehicle drivers and assistants must be COVID-19 vaccine certified.

It further said that the public must wear a mask when going out. Mobile courts will be set up across the country to ensure hygiene.