Ridesharing motorcycles can’t go outside 5 districts incl Dhaka...

Ridesharing motorcycles can’t go outside 5 districts incl Dhaka

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:10 PM, 1 July 2022  

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The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has directed the Dhaka Transport Coordinating Authority (DTCA) to take strict action on motorcycles traveling long distances outside Dhaka, Narayanganj, Manikganj, Gazipur and Narsingdi.

The directive was given at a meeting with officials of ridesharing service providers at the BRTA headquarters in the capital’s Banani on Thursday.

BRTA Chairman Nur Mohammad Mazumder confirmed the matter to the media.

The directive states that no motorcycle under ridesharing companies should not be allowed to travel long distances outside the area covered by the DTCA.

Meanwhile, motorcyclists have been banned from crossing the Padma Bridge this week and the movement of the motorcycle is likely to be banned on Dhaka-Mawa-Bhanga Highway.

Besides, a government probe body recently recommended banning the movement of motorcycles on national highways, citing motorcycles are responsible for several road accidents before the last Eid-ul-Fitr.

Meanwhile, due to the lack of government transport services and an increase in bus fares, many are being forced to go home on motorcycles during Eid. However, a large number of motorcycles on the highway cause more accidents, according to various road safety agencies.

In the context of this, BRTA has held a meeting with the ridesharing companies on Thursday night, BRTA sources said.

BRTA chairman Nur Mohammad Mazumder said ridesharing companies “would not be allowed” to ply motorcycles on long routes. “We will take strict action against both motorcycle owners and ridesharing companies for violating the directive,” he added.

He further said under the ridesharing service motorcycles will be able to provide services in Dhaka, Narayanganj, Manikganj, Gazipur and Narsingdi under the DTCA region.

“We have asked them to abide by the rules and motivate the motorcycles under their company to abide by the rules,” the BRTA chairman said.