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Submit report on 458,369 unfit buses across Bangladesh: HC


The court asked BRTA to submit the report with one month

The High Court has ordered to Bangladesh Road and Transport Authority (BRTA) to submit a report with details about 458,369 unfit buses across Bangladesh.

The bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and KM Hafizul Alam passed the order on Monday, when BRTA's Road Safety Division Director Mahbub-E-Rabbani appeared before it following a summon order.

The court asked BRTA to submit the report with one month with details of the buses that have license but their fitness certificates are yet to be renewed.

The bench also ordered BRTA to submit a report about bus drivers who are driving with expired license.

Deputy Attorney General AKM Aminuddin Manik represented the state while Barrister Moin Firoji and Rafiul Islam stood for BRTA during the hearing.

On March 27, the High Court issued a ruling asking the government authorities concerned to explain why their failure to stop unfit vehicles from running on the streets should not be declared illegal.

The bench issued the suo moto (voluntary) ruling following a news report published in a national English daily on March 23, with the headline “No fitness docs, yet running.”

Advocate Syed Mamun Mahbub, who brought the matter to the High Court bench’s attention, said the High Court had asked why the BRTA's failure to ensure road safety should not be declared illegal, as a number of laws have made them integral to implementing road safety measures.

The BRTA chairman, the director of the road safety wing, the inspector general of police, and deputy commissioners of both Dhaka city corporations have been made respondents to the ruling.

According to the BRTA, of about 3.89 million vehicles registered with the transport regulator, 500,000 are not fit to run on the roads. More than one million drivers also do not have valid licences.

A good number of experts, analysts, and studies have said these unfit vehicles and unlicensed drivers are the main reasons behind road accidents, while unruly pedestrians are also partially to blame.

BRTA Lawyer Moin Firoji informed to the court, there are a total 169,308 unfit buses in Dhaka but it is not aware if any of them are plying on the road without license.

He said regional transport committee might be able to give information regarding the matter.

At least 1,552 people were killed in road accidents across Bangladesh, between January and April of 2019.

Besides, a total 247 people were killed in 212 accidents on rail, road, and waterways from May 30 to June 10; the number of wounded in these accidents is 664.