BRTA recommends ban on motorcycles on highways
Published: 06:26 PM, 20 June 2022 Updated: 06:27 PM, 20 June 2022
Motorcycles; File Photo
Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has recommended banning the movement of motorcycles on national highways. However, the agency has given its opinion in favor of allowing motorcycles to run on the national highways which have “service roads”.
The recommendation was made at a workshop at the BRTA headquarters in the capital’s Banani on Sunday.
The workshop blamed the motorcycles plying on highways for increasing road accidents and casualties during the last Eid-ul-Fitr as compared to the previous three times.
According to the BRTA, 58 people were killed in 56 road accidents during Eid-ul-Fitr 2021. An average of 7 people are killed every day. In the last eight days of Eid, 106 people lost their lives in 106 accidents. On average, 13 people were killed every day.
BRTA Chairman Nur Mohammad Majumder said the last Eid journey was relatively “smooth”. There were no traffic tails, however, accidents have increased. Motorcycles are the cause of most accidents. Motorcycle accidents are more common even in normal times.
Road Transport Secretary ABM Amin Ullah Nuri presided over the workshop. BRTA Chairman Nur Mohammad Majumder, BRTC Chairman Tajul Islam, Chief Engineer of Roads and Highways Department (RHD) AKM Monir Hossain Pathan and representatives of various government agencies took part in the workshop.