The government has formed a 15-member committee headed by former shipping minister Shajahan Khan, to prevent road accidents and restore discipline in the transport sector.
Another committee has also been constituted comprising law, railway and home ministers to ensure implementation of the Road Transport Act 2018.Both the committees have been asked to submit their recommendation reports on road safety to the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) within 14 working days.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader disclosed the information to the media at a press briefing at the BRTA head office at Banani in the capital on Sunday.
Quader, also general secretary of the ruling Awami League, presided over the 26th meeting of the National Road Safety Council.
In his speech, he said that a committee, led by the former shipping minister, has been formed to restore discipline on roads. The other committee will help ensure implementation of the Road Transport Act.
“Both the committees have been asked to submit reports within 14 workdays,” the minister added.
Quader also said the government has been carrying out development of roads and highways, but time now has come to bring discipline on roads. “We’re focusing on reducing the number of road accidents,” he said.Urging everyone to have faith, he said, “We’re facing some temporary problems. Don’t get disappointed.”
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, railway minister Nurul Islam Sujon, state minister for shipping Khalid Mahmud