Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today said the government will bring easy-bike and other three-wheelers and auto-rickshaws under the purview of registration in an effort to ensure road safety and check road accidents throughout the country.
The minister said this while addressing as chair the 28th meeting of the national road safety council at Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) head office joining through a video conference from his official residence here.
Quader, also general secretary of the ruling Awami League, said, “To this end, a sub-committee has been formed to find out a strategy after reviewing the recommendations submitted earlier by a Road Transport Division committee.”
About road safety, he said, “Opinions of the concerned stakeholders have been taken to make the legal frame time-befitting and more rational so that the government can strengthen the legal base in the shortest possible time following the due procedures. Even the government has introduced ‘road safety audit’ for the first time on the highway in the country.”
People’s long-time sufferings for getting driving licenses is also going to be dissolved as the works of ‘standard driving licenses’ distribution will begin from the last week of this month, the minister told the meeting.
In light of the new action plan, at the directive of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, a strategic plan with a time-frame of 2021-2024 has been taken for the road safety after the expiration of National Road Safety Strategic Plan which was effective from 2017 to 2020.
The road transport minister said a sub-committee has been formed to finalize the recommendations of the strategic action plan and this sub-committee has been asked to present the draft at the next road safety council meeting within a month.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Railway Minister Nurul Islam Sujan, Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Barrister Sheikh Fazley Nur Taposh, Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam, Shahjahan Khan, MP, noted columnist Syed Abul Maksud, chairman of Nirapad Sarak Chai Illius Kanchan, among others, virtually joined the meeting.