Eid Journey

‘Unfit vehicles to be dumped if they ply highways’

Staff Correspondent

26 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Unfit vehicles will be dumped if they ply highways during the rush of Eid holidaymakers, highway police said.

Besides, buses sans route permits, trucks and pickups will not be allowed to carry passengers.

“The highway police is fully prepared to ensure a smooth journey of Eid holidaymakers. Unfit buses and unlicensed drivers won’t be allowed,” said Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Highway Police Atiqul Islam.

If unfit buses are found on highways, they will be dumped at the dumping station, the DIG said during an exclusive interview with the daily sun at his office in the capital’s Uttara on Thursday.   

Accident is said to be a major challenge on highways during Eid journey. At least 339 people were killed and 1,265 injured in 277 road accidents during last Eid-ul-Fitr.

The country’s highways have more than 209 black spots, according to the sources in police. The black spot is where three accidents occur separate times.

Atiqul Islam special initiatives will be taken to prevent accidents particularly at bent and crossing points.

About traffic jam, he said when unfit vehicles are removed from highways, traffic jam will disappear.

He said police would not allow trucks and pickups to carry passengers and restriction will be imposed on plying of goods-laden vehicles seven days before and after the Eid.  

Responding to a question about carrying passengers on rooftops of vehicles, he said, “The Highway Police has already removed ladders from buses, which are used to reach rooftops. If we find any staircase with buses, we will remover it further. No passenger can be carried on rooftops.”

About the robbery, mugging and doping gangs on highways during Eid journey, the DIG said the policemen would be much more watchful. Besides, special control rooms will be set up at Chandra, Chanchpur, Meghna, Ghomoti and Hatikumrul and other spots, he said.

About smuggling of illegal drugs through highways during the Eid rush, he said special measures would be taken to prevent such acts.

On the bus drivers, who ply the city streets, move to highways during Eid journey and contribute to accidents, he said the drivers having professional licences could operate buses on the highways.

About excessive fares charged from Eid holidaymakers, he said the ticket counters of buses remain in the cities. “Highway has no such ticket counter. So, we have no scope for checking excessive fares.”