Bangladesh Truck Covered-van Goods Transport Owners Workers Unity Council has begun their indefinite strike across the country from Wednesday morning demanding amendment of the new Road Transport Act-2018.
They began the strike at 6:00am to press-home their nine-point demand.The key demands are: The road accident cases must be bailable; owners must not be harassed in road accident-related cases; licences must be given to the drivers as per their skills; fines must be reduced and at least three years must be given to renew relevant documents of the vehicles.
Earlier on Tuesday, Rustam Ali Khan, convenor of the council, announced the strike at a press briefing at Tejgaon truck stand.
After announcing the strike, the workers blocked a road in the area for one hour since 11:30am.
On October 22, the Road Transport and Highways Division issued a gazette, stating that the Road Transport Act (RTA) would be effective from November 1. Parliament had passed the RTA in September last year, replacing the Motor Vehicle Ordinance, 1983.