2,571 cases lodged against motorcycles in capital
Traffic police in the last two days on Tuesday and Wednesday filed 2,571 cases against motorcycles for traffic rule violations.
It also seized 179 motorcycles during the period for the same reasons, said an official.
Traffic division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) filed 1,243 cases against motorcycles and seized 111 others on Tuesday while 1,328 cases were lodged and 68 motorcycles were seized on Wednesday, the official said.
Although DMP is conducting harsher drives against the traffic rules violators in the capital, motorcyclists have been constantly breaching the traffic rules and regulations, putting their lives, pedestrians and others at risk.
According to available statistics of DMP, on an average about 700 cases are being filed against motorcyclists and 40 to 50 motorbikes are being seized a day for allegedly violating traffic rules.
Experts say the unruly motorcyclists cause accidents, violate traffic regulations and even create nuisance to pedestrians by driving motorcycles on footpaths and wrong-way due to lack of proper enforcement of traffic rules and in absence of strong monitoring.
Many of the owners even do not register their motorcycles with Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) and often use their motorbikes in committing crimes, they said.
“The traffic police seize 30 to 50 motorcycles a day and file over 700 cases against motorcyclists. But, the plight of careless youngsters’ driving illegal motorcycles and endangering lives continue,” a police official said.
Observing that most of the bikers are teenagers who perform acrobatic stunts to show off in front of their peers, he said there are tens of motorcycle drivers in the capital. “We cannot send the entire force to chase and arrest all the bikers who are violating traffic regulations.”
The frequent seizure of these vehicles has caused another problem as the yards police stations are being occupied with motorcycles, he said.