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Abide by new law, ask transport owners

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Extending their full support to the Road Transport Act, 2018, transport owners on Saturday called upon everyone to abide by the new law that went into effect on Friday.

Extending their full support to the Road Transport Act, 2018, transport owners on Saturday called upon everyone to abide by the new law that went into effect on Friday.

“The transport sector gets a new law after a long time and we have full support to it,” Khandakar Enayetullah, secretary general of Bangladesh Road Transport Owners' Association, said at a press conference on Saturday.

He also demanded quick formation of the rules and regulations of the act.

Referring to different sections of the act, Enayetullah said that all the rules cannot be imposed within a day. “It has to be done gradually,” he said.

Mashiur Rahman Ranga, MP, also president of Bangladesh Road Transport Owners' Association, read out a written statement during the programme.

He urged the authorities concerned to be careful so that the transport workers are not harassed unnecessarily through abuse of the act.

Ranga said, “If the owners of the vehicles have proper papers and the drivers have licences, they shouldn’t be fined a large sum of money for any accident. The sector will suffer, otherwise.”

Although the much-talked-about Road Transport Act, 2018 came into effect yesterday, it could hardly be enforced anywhere in the country due to a lack of preparation from the authorities, especially the BRTA and the police.

On October 22, the Road Transport and Highways Division issued a gazette, stating that the Road Transport Act (RTA) would be effective from Friday. Parliament had passed the RTA in September last year, replacing the Motor Vehicle Ordinance, 1983.

According to section 105 of the new act, if anybody gets seriously injured or killed in a motor vehicle-related accident, it would be considered an offence under the relevant sections of the Penal Code-1860.

However, no matter what section 304(B) of the Penal Code contains, if anybody causes accident by reckless and negligent driving, and kills or injures someone severely, the person will face a maximum sentence of five years in jail or fine or both, reads section 105 of the RTA.

The offences that fall under section 105 are not bailable.

The maximum punishment under section 302 of the Penal Code is death penalty while it is life imprisonment under section 304(B).

The law also hands hefty fines for violation of traffic rules.

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