Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia on Tuesday said no human hauler, locally known as leguna, will be allowed to ply on the streets of the capital.
“A large number of leguna illegally carries people on the streets of Dhaka, but these vehicles have no route permit” the DMP commissioner said while addressing a press conference at DMP Media Centre at Minto Road in the capital.The press conference was organised to announce DMP’s month-long special traffic management initiative from Wednesday.
The DMP boss said: “These types of vehicles (human hauler) create chaos on the streets and they are one of the main reasons of road accidents. However, these vehicles can only ply on the roads outside the city like the 300-feet road or Bashila areas.”
He said: “We have selected 121 bus stops and work is going on for setting up signboards. No buses will be allowed to load and unload passengers at any point of the designated spots and the buses will have to keep their doors shut until arrival of the next bus stoppage.”
“Route permit of the vehicles will be cancelled in case of traffic rules violation and appointment of drivers on contract basis,” the DMP commissioner said.
Model Traffic System will be launched from Jahangir Gate to Gulistan Zero Point of the capital on Wednesday. Traffic will be controlled through traffic signal lights.
Asaduzzaman said, “We have talked to the owners of petrol pumps that bikers without helmets won’t be able to refill fuel at filling stations.”The DMP chief urged the city dwellers to use zebra crossings, foot-over-bridges and underpasses while crossing roads. Referring to traffic mismanagement on roads and highways, he said: “It will take time to bring complete discipline in the traffic management as the current situation is the culmination of long-time mismanagement.”
He urged for removal of flags from cars being used illegally for special privileges. “Strict legal action will be taken against the rule violators,” he said. The DMP commissioner hoped that positive changes will be visible in traffic sector after the month-long special traffic management initiative. During the period, city dwellers will be made aware about traffic rules.
Apart from traffic police, rover scouts, girl guides and other volunteer organisations will participate in the month-long traffic awareness campaign.