A rights organisation today sent a legal notice to the government to make the Road Transport Act-2018 effective through issuance of a gazette notification within the next seven days.
Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) served the legal notice to the authorities concerned saying that appropriate legal action will be taken if the act is not made effective through a gazette notification in a week.
"The Road Transport Act was passed by the parliament and a gazette notification was published on October 8 last year containing the act," Advocate Manzill Murshid, who sent the legal notice on behalf of the organisation, said while talking to The Daily Star.
According to a provision of the law, the government has to issue another gazette notification to make the law effective, but the government is yet to issue any such gazette notification, he said.
The bill on the Road Transport Act has been passed in order to ensure people's safety and life security on road as well as to ensure the accountability of the people involved in road transport sector; particularly that of the bus and truck drivers, helpers, owner, and their associations, he added.
The legal notice has been sent for public interest, Manzill Murshid said.
The legal notice was sent to the secretaries of the Cabinet Division, president, prime minister, Ministry of Public Administration, Ministry of Law, Ministry of Home and Road Transport and Bridges Division.