DHAKA: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked all concerned including pedestrians and drivers to properly follow traffic rules to ensure road safety.
“It’s not the responsibility of the government or drivers alone to ensure safe road … all citizens including the pedestrians have a responsibility in this regard and I hope that all will perform this duty properly,” she said.
The prime minister made the urges while addressing a discussion as the chief guest at Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh (KIB) Auditorium at Farmgate in the capital Tuesday (Oct 22).
Sheikh Hasina said all will have to think about the future of a family if its any member dies or is injured in a road accident.
“We don’t want anybody to die or to be crippled in any road crash … that’s why we want safe road system along with peace and discipline persists,” she said.
Road Transport and Highways Division arranged the discussion on the occasion of the National Road Safety Day-2019.
PM Hasina also asked the authorities concerned to stop plying unfit vehicles and their unhealthy race on the roads to avert road accidents.
“Plying of unfit vehicles and their unhealthy race on the roads must be stopped … stern actions will have to be taken if anybody unnecessarily increases the size or other things of the trucks and buses,” she said.
The prime minister said alongside drivers, cautiousness of the pedestrians is very much essential to avert road accidents. “All will have to remain alert in using mobile phones during crossing roads or driving vehicles,” she added.
The prime minister said there should have arrangements for rest of the drivers so that they do not need to drive for more than five hours at a stretch.
“Arrangements for alternative drivers will also have to be made for long distance vehicles,” she said, adding the owners of the vehicles will have to remain alert to this end.
Sheikh Hasina put emphasis on speedy implementation of the Road Transport Act-2018 for road safety. “It’s very much necessary to execute the law,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the government has taken a project to train 1 lakh new drivers. “Now, we are going to take project to train more 3 lakh professional drivers. We’re setting up Vehicle Inspection Centers and Driving Training Centers in 17 districts.” she said.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader presided over the function, while Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Road Transport and Bridges Ministry Ekabbor Hossain, Road Transport and Highways Division Secretary Md Nazrul Islam and Executive President of Road Transport Workers Federation Shajahan Khan, MP, Chairman of “Nirapad Sarak Chai” campaign actor Iliyas Kanchan and Secretary General of Sarak Paribahan Malik Samity Khandakar Enayetullah also spoke.
BDST: 1625 HRS, OCT 22, 2019