Long-route bus services from Sayedabad bus terminal remained suspended since Wednesday morning as a section of transport owners and workers has started an unannounced strike to put more pressure on the government to amend the newly enforced Road Transport Act.
Hundreds of people were seen waiting for buses in the terminal as the transport workers suspended the operation around 6:00am.Terminal sources said that no long-route buses left Sayedabad for Noakhali, Cumilla, Chattogram and some other southern districts of the county since this morning.
Moreover, a group of transport workers from Siddhirganj took to the street near Signboard area of Narayanganj on Wednesday morning.
They blocked the Dhaka-Chittagong highway and waylaid vehicles after they gathered in the area around 6:30 am.
The protesting workers reportedly took away the keys from the drivers and got passengers out of the vehicles.
They created blockade on roads keeping their ‘seized cars’ randomly on the high way.
Road Transport Act 2018 was approved by the Cabinet Division on August 6, 2018, following the nationwide student protest that took place on July 29, 2018 after two college students were killed by a speeding bus.The draft law was passed in parliament on September 19, and approved by President Abdul Hamid on October 9 of 2018.
On October 23 this year, the Road Transport and Highways Division issued a gazette notification announcing that the law would go into effect from November 1.
The Road Transport Act 2018 is replacing Motor Vehicle Ordinance 1983.