Friday, 12 August, 2022

Eid Journey

BJKS for lifting motorbike ban

BJKS for lifting motorbike ban

Claiming that risk of road accident will increase if the ban on inter-district movement of motorbikes during Eid-ul-Azha is implemented, Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity (BJKS) has urged the government to lift the restrictions.

Motorcycle traffic has increased a lot in the country since the launch of ride-sharing service. During last Eid-ul-Fitr, many people became passengers of motorcycles on long journeys.

However, motorbikes are also seen as a major reason of road accidents.

 In this context, the government banned the movement of motorcycles on highways for a total of seven days before and after Eid-ul-Azha. At the same time, it has slapped a ban on the inter-district movement of bikes.

 BJKS Secretary General Mozammel Haque Chowdhury said neither Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) nor the traffic department concerned has any exact data about rider-sharing motorcycles.

As a result, there is no opportunity to differentiate which is a ride-sharing motorcycle and which is a private one, he said.

“In this situation, if the bike is stopped during Eid, it’ll create risk of accident on roads. Somewhere along the way, policemen will stop the speeding motorcycle to check documents in the middle of roads. This will increase the risk of road accident,” Mozammel said.         Therefore, measures should be taken to ensure that no biker is harassed or extorted in the name of testing, he said, adding that people should be allowed to ride bikes by regulating the speed and ensuring maximum safety.

The BJKS secretary general said there was relief in the last Eid rush as about 2.5 million motorcycles hit different roads of the country though road accidents have increased.

He said, “People are becoming dependent on motorcycles due to public transport crisis, arbitrariness of bus owners, harassment of passengers, exorbitant fare, traffic jam, mismanagement in train tickets and schedule disruption. Therefore, until the public transport crisis is resolved, we have to limit the speed of motorcycles without banning those during the Eid.”

Mozammel also urged the motorists not to think of a solution to the public transport crisis but to find a way out of it.

At present, over 3.7 million motorcycles are running on roads in the country, the statement said. This risky vehicle can never be an alternative to public transport.