At least 87 percent drivers of public transports in the city drives recklessly and violates the traffic rules, says a survey report of a passengers' rights platform.
Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity revealed the information at a roundtable discussion titled ‘The way out of road mismanagement and chaos’ at the National Press Club in the city on Saturday.
The platform said over 77 percent drivers in the country have no driving licenses.
Only 16 lakh drivers out of a total 70 lakhs across the country hold Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) license, the organization said.
Secretary General of Jatri Kalyan Samity, Md Mozammel Haque Chowdhury said “We want to term the accidents as murders, because, we are forced to commute in such condition that lacks proper management and regulations.”
Kazi Riazul Haq, Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said “In reality, we don’t have implementation of law in the country.”
He urged the government to take opinion of general people before publishing the bill of proposed Road Transport Law.
The platform also proposed 10 recommendations to resolve the ongoing chaos in the transport sector.
The recommendations include- one-color bus service by separate companies to avoid sickening competitions among drivers, forming a team with skilled persons named Public Transport Service Authority, bring the activity of traffic department under accountability, steps against passenger harassment and fare disputes, include professional and skilled persons in issuance of route permit, ensure submitting the fines collected from traffic cases to the banks directly, stopping extortion, and freeing roads from hawkers.
Ganasanghati Andolan convener Zonayed Saki, Supreme Court lawyer Jatirmoy Barua, Design and Technology Centre (DTC) former executive director Dr Saleh Uddin Ahmed, prof of BUET Dr Mahbub Alam Talukdar also spoke at the programme.