Road accident is a common affair in Bangladesh. But it intensifies manifold every year during Eid days. As many as 416 travellers have died in 372 road accidents across the country recently during the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays, according to a report conducted by the Passenger Welfare Association of Bangladesh. At least 844 people were reportedly injured in these accidents. The report also shows that motorcycle accidents topped the list of road accidents. At least 164 motorcycle accidents led to the deaths of 145 people and injuries to 110.
Reckless driving, underage drivers, lack of safety gears and awareness, an increase in the illegal operation of ridesharing services, especially on highways, and the absence of regulatory mechanisms for both motorcycles and other vehicles are now increasing the number of fatal accidents involving motorcycles. All this yet again brings to the fore the immediate need for a structured regulatory mechanism to prevent motorcycle-related accidents. The authorities concerned should formulate a mechanism to prevent bike accidents besides ensuring that all motorcyclists have proper licence, training and awareness.
Abu Elias Linkon,
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