3-wheelers still run on highways despite ban

Md Esaraf Hossain

19 November, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Slow-moving vehicles, including CNG-run autorickshaw,  continue to run on the highways across the country despite a ban.

Every day, fatal road accidents are taking place on the highways due free movement of three-wheelers.

Three-wheelers, including  CNG-auto-rickshaw, human-hauler and locally-made Nasimon, are plying   Dhaka-Chattogram, Dhaka-Narayanganj, Dhaka-Aricha, Dhaka-Sylhet and Dhaka-Tangail highways. 

Despite recent student demonstration for road safety, discipline is yet to be restored in the country’s transport sector.

However,  Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) traffic management claimed to have conducted a massive drive against traffic rule violators in the capital.

According to the police record, a total of 3,668 cases were filed for violating traffic rules in a single day on Sunday.

Besides, the traffic police sent 41 unfit vehicles for dumping while wreckers had been called for 723 others.

DMP Joint Commissioner (South) Mofij Uddin said, “We’re now serious about restoring discipline to traffic on the city streets.“

Meantime, at least four people were killed as a passenger bus hit a battery-run human hauler at Lahirirhat in Sadar upazila of Rangpur around 9am on Sunday.

All the deceased were passengers of the ill-fated human-hauler, police said. 

Police identified two of the deceased as Md Jahangir Hossain, 30, and Shamim Hossain, 32, both hailing from Sirajganj Sadar upazila.

Last week, at least five people, including two women, were killed in two separate road accidents in Naogaon and Tangail.

All the victims were ill-fated passengers of two CNG-run auto-rickshaws.  

Two women - Momotaj Begum, 50, and Monwara Begum, 45 - died on the spot as their CNG-run-auto-rickshaw was hit by a Bhatbhati carrying cattle at Shapahar of  Naogaon district around 2pm on Saturday.

Officer-in-charge (OC) of Shapahar Police Station Shamsul Huq confirmed the incident on Saturday afternoon.     

On Friday morning, three people were killed when  an unidentified vehicle hit their CNG-run auto-rickshaw from behind on the Bangabandhu Bridge East Link Road in Kalihati upazila of Tangail. 

Mosharaf Hossain, OC of Bangabandhu Bridge East Police Station, said the accident occurred in Hatia area around 6am.

Last month, at least six people, including two women, were killed and two injured when a bus rammed a CNG-run auto-rickshaw in Lemua area on Dhaka-Chattogram highway in Feni. All the casualties were passengers of the auto-rickshaw.

Abdul Awal Chowdhury, in-charge of Highway Police outpost, said the tragic accident occurred when the speedy bus of Shyamoli Paribahan hit the auto-rickshaw crossing Dhaka-Chattogram highway.

Besides, a head-on collision between a passenger bus and a human-hauler cost lives of 15 people in Natore recently. 

Transport workers from different districts alleged that small vehicles operate on national highways paying monthly ‘token’ money to political leaders, police and administration. Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader recently said the number of deaths in road accidents is increasing due to presence of three-wheelers on highways.

The road, transport and bridges ministry imposed a ban on movement of three-wheelers and non-motorised vehicles on 22 national highways on August 1, 2015 in the wake of a spate in traffic accidents on the highways due to increasing presence of these vehicles.

Contacted DIG of Highway Atiqul Islam said, “We’re continuing drives against illegal and slow-moving vehicles on different highways across the country.”

 “Recently, we’ve intensified such drives across the country,” he added.