Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) today directed its field offices to take necessary steps to stop passengers on goods-laden vehicles during the ongoing shutdown.
The state's regulatory body for managing the transport sector has sent a letter, signed by Lokman Hossain Mollah, director (engineering) of BRTA, to all assistant directors of BRTA across the country in this regard.
The Daily Star has obtained a copy of the letter.
The government has suspended operation of all public transport till April 11 to contain spread of coronavirus in the country and carrying of passengers on goods-laden vehicles was also banned, reads the letter.
But it was seen that some goods-laden vehicles were carrying passengers, which is a punishable offence, it added.
"In such situation, you [assistant directors] are requested to take steps in consultation with district administration and police to stop carrying of passengers on goods-laden vehicles," it added.