About 155 buses out of 192 operated by Suprobhat and Jabal-e-Noor, two transport companies whose vehicles killed three students on roads sparking countrywide agitations, are plying in the capital without valid documents.
The buses are running on roads without route permit, updated tax tokens and fitness certificates, in gross violation of law, sources at Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) said.They said 145 buses of Suprobhat out of 163 and 10 buses of Jabal-e-Noor out of 29 have no updated documents to ply the city roads.
A probe committee led by BRTA Director (training) Sirajul Islam discovered the violation in investigation against the two transport companies.
The probe body was formed following the death of three students in two separate road accidents involving buses of Jabal-e-Noor and Suprobhat.
On March 19, Abrar Chowdhury, a student of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP), was crushed to death by a bus of Suprobhat on Pragati Sarani in Nadda near Bashundhara residential area in the capital.
Besides on July 29 last year, two students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College were crushed to death by a bus of Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan in Kurmitola area of the capital.
The report was submitted to BRTA chairman while a copy was sent to Dhaka North City Corporation mayor to take action against two transport companies.BRTA director (training) Sirajul Islam told media that they have submitted the report to BRTA chairman.
“Necessary measures will be taken against the two companies,” he said, adding that another copy was sent to DNCC mayor.
According to the probe report, 29 Suprobhat buses were plying the road with invalid fitness certificates and 14 buses with outdated tax token while route permits of two buses have expired.
The report also said 104 buses were not plying the roads in accordance with the declaration by the owners and even papers of 32 buses were not submitted to the BRTA.
Only 18 buses were found with proper documents while 27 drivers of the buses have exact papers.
Regarding Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan, the authority concerned has submitted papers of seven buses to BRTA but the BRTA has to investigate their papers using BRTA server.
The probe committee is working to investigate the documents of Jabal-e-Noor buses of other routes, sources said, adding that bus companies have been asked to submit additional papers for further investigation.