Cargo vehicles can’t transport passengers, says Quader

Staff Correspondent

13 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Monday directed the authorities concerned not to allow cargo vehicles to carry passengers during the lockdown.

“All have to remain alert so that none can use cargo trucks to carry passengers during the upcoming lockdown,” he said.

Quader, also the Awami League General Secretary, said this while addressing at a view-exchange meeting on the ongoing activities of the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) through videoconferencing from his official residence on parliament premises in the capital.

Mentioning that complete lockdown will begin from April 14, Quader said that people were seen in a mad rush to leave the city anyhow through launch and ferry ignoring health guidelines and social distancing.

“Such activities can accelerate further Covid-19 infection in the country. So, all concerned, including the administration have to play a responsible role in this regard,” he said.

The AL general secretary said many transport owners and workers are not following the government’s instructions and health guidelines while running their vehicles amid the ongoing pandemic.

Quader stressed the need for strengthening monitoring so that health guidelines, including mandatory use of masks, could be ensured in public transport.

“If necessary, the number of mobile courts should increase. The cooperation of Deputy Commissioners can be sought in conducting mobile courts at district level,” he said.

About issuance of driving licenses, the minister said driving licenses have long been being issued on a limited scale.

“Although enrollment of licenses and issuance of biometrics has started,             

it does not gain momentum yet,” he said, asking the secretary of the ministry concerned and the BRTA chairman to take steps to issue license cards as soon as possible.

About the country’s politics, he said there is a lot of discussions and criticism about the country’s democratic politics and the role of the opposition.

“It is largely true that our democracy is not institutionalised yet due to various setbacks and obstacles,” he added.