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Enforcing Road Safety Act

November 26, 2021 00:00:00

It is very unfortunate that little has been done by the authorities concerned to make our roads safe during past several years, despite promises by the government to bring order on our roads. We have been observing anniversaries of the deaths of two college students who died in a horrifying road crash in Dhaka city in 2018, sparking widespread protests for safe roads. But the fact remains that the number of deaths on Dhaka roads has not declined. Rather, a student of Notre Dame College, Naim Hasan, has recently been run over by a dumpster carrier truck of Dhaka South City Corporation.

So, the students of the college have taken to the streets again, echoing their old demands of safe road movement, particularly safer roads and justice for Naim.

In this context, we want to add that the Road Transport Act, passed in parliament in September 2018, has still not been put into force because of the opposition of the transport leaders. The Act must be enforced with immediate effect in order to bring back discipline as well as put an end to deaths on roads.

Abu Elias Linkon,

Banasree, Dhaka,

[email protected]

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