HC asks BRTA to submit report on unfit vehicles, unlicensed drivers

Staff Correspondent

28th March, 2019 02:20:45 printer

The High Court on Wednesday asked Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and other authorities concerned to submit a report on the unfit vehicles and unlicensed drivers across the country.

The apex court expressed concern over use of unfit vehicles and operation of those by unlicensed drivers.

Despite the frantic efforts of Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader to check unfit vehicles and unlicensed drivers, deterioration of the situations on roads and highways is unacceptable, the court opined.

A division bench comprising Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam passed a suo moto order on Wednesday.

The directive came following a newspaper report saying that the streets across the country are infested with unfit vehicles and unlicensed drivers. Inspector Generation of Police (IGP), deputy commissioners of Dhaka traffic (north and south), Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) chairman, and its director (road safety) will have to submit the reports within April 30.

BRTA Director (road safety) Mahbubey Rabbani will have to appear before the court at 10:30am to explain the issue.

Besides, the court issued a rule asking the authorities concerned of the government to show cause as to why their inaction and failure to remove unfit vehicles and unlicensed drivers from the road shall not be declared illegal.

The court also wants to know why the authorities shall not be directed to enforce Motor Vehicles Act 1983 properly to save the lives of the people as guaranteed by Article 32 of the Constitution.

Road, transport and bridges secretary, home secretary, deputy inspector general of police, BRTA chairman, deputy commissioners of Dhaka north and south zones and BRTA road safety director will have to reply to the rule within four weeks.