Minimum SSC-level education is a requirement for driving licence: High court
9 December 2015, Nirapad News: The High Court has ordered the dismantling of all unapproved installations along highways and strict traffic management to reduce road crashes.
It has also directed the scrapping of a traffic law stipulation that allows the sanctioning of such structures.
The bench of justices Zinat Ara and AKM Shahidul Huq gave the order, which includes a five point directive, on Sunday after hearing a petition regarding road crashes.
The court stipulated SSC-level education for getting a driving licence but gave a five-year grace period to implement the measure.
It also directed the construction of road dividers and underpasses for pedestrians in the highways, and introduction of traffic education in school curriculum.
It has also told the government to make punishments for traffic rule violations more stringent and implement the recommendations of a committee whose formation the court had ordered to find ways to prevent road mishaps.
The Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh had filed the petition after 11 people died in a road traffic accident involving the convoy of Brahmanbarhia-3 MP RAM Ubaidul Muktadir Chowdhury in February 2011.
Eleven people including the secretaries to home affairs, finance and then communications ministries, the inspector general of police, DIG (Highways), joint commissioner (traffic), and superintendents of police of Dhaka and Narayanganj were made respondents to the petition.
The court had issued a rule after the first hearing on Feb 13 that year.