Now banning motorcycles on expressway proposed
Published: 05:39 PM, 30 June 2022 Updated: 05:40 PM, 30 June 2022
The Roads and Highways Department (RHD) is considering banning the movement of motorcycles within the 55-kilometer expressway between Dhaka and Faridpur. The agency has already sent a proposal to ban motorcycles on the expressway.
AKM Monir Hossain, the chief engineer of the RHD, said this at the signing ceremony of a contract with a highway toll collector at the RHD headquarters in Tejgaon in the capital on Wednesday.
However, the chief engineer of the RHD said that motorcycles would be allowed on the two-lane road (service lane) outside the main four-lane highway. After discussions with the concerned, the decision on banning the movement of motorcycles on the expressway will be finalized.
On June 25, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Padma Bridge. The traffic started the next morning. On the first day, a traffic tail was created on the bridge due to motorcycles. Later in the evening, two motorcyclists died in an accident. The next day, on June 27, the movement of motorcycles on the Padma Bridge was banned.
The number of motorcycles has increased across the country in recent times. There are constant deaths in motorcycle accidents. In such a situation, the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has voted in favor of banning the movement of motorcycles on all important highways. However, no decision has been made yet.