Misuse of stickers of professionals has become rampant in the capital.
Many people in the city are found using vehicles with stickers of certain professionals or institutions pasted on its front or rear glasses illegally to avoid police action.Generally, police do not check the vehicles with stickers of press, police, lawyer, city corporations, WASA, universities and so on.
Sources said a number of people having no license of their vehicles paste these stickers illegally to avoid police action.
Unlicensed vehicles include private cars, micro buses and motorcycles.
Even, criminals are seen misusing the stickers of professionals and institutions in a bid to commit crimes.
Two years ago, DMP commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia, at a press briefing in the capital, said: “Criminals are using stickers of professionals and various institutions in a bid to avoid police action.”
On August 29, traffic police (east division) of DMP recovered 30 stickers of press, various ministries and governmental departments from different vehicles at Shapla Chatra and Dainik Bangla intersection in the capital.Traffic police said the stickers were displayed for taking undue advantage on roads.
Police also filed 21 cases in this regard.
In 2016, police found 300 bottles of Phensidyl in a car in Cumilla where a sticker of the Ministry of Public Administration was pasted.
In 2014, a motor van carrying a banner of police was seized in Chattogram’s Lohagarha for carrying locally manufactured alcohol.
On May 4, 2016, DMP commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia made an announcement at a press briefing at DMP Media Centre in the capital that juniors won’t be allowed to use of stickers of press, police and lawyers.
He also said that only the vehicles belonging to certain organisations can use painted logos.
However, lawmakers and their families, employees of parliament and parliament secretariat as well as other departments can paste the stickers of their organizations on their personal vehicles.
He also said, “Logos of certain organisations are allowed to be pasted on the front or rear glasses of the vehicles. When journalists remain on duty and they proceed towards their places of assignments, they can paste stickers of their organisation on their vehicles.”
After the directives of the DMP commissioner, many were seen following the directives, but after a certain period, it was the same status quo.
When asked, Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (media and public relations) of DMP, told the daily sun that drives are being conducted to check the bad practice. “Even, many of the law violators were arrested by police,” he said.
In response to a query, he said: “DMP has given directives to paste the name of the media house, not of ‘Press’ on the vehicles of the journalist concerned.”