It is a matter of relief that after much anticipation, the Road Transport Act, 2018 has finally come into effect. So many lives have been lost and many more injured in careless road accidents all across the country. Things can now begin to take a turn for the better.
However, despite the new law being put into effect, it seems that the citizens are yet to abide by them. It cannot be expected that everyone will be aware of the new regulations. Thus, it is business as usual on the streets for now.
It was reported that the traffic police are also not ready to address the new rules from their end due to “technical issues”. It would have been beneficial if the authorities had conducted awareness programmes prior to the implementation of the new law so that it could have been imposed and implemented from day one as this is one of those “the sooner the better” situations.
Nonetheless, it surely is a positive step taken by the government. It is only a matter of time till we start to see the benefits of the Road Transport Act, 2018, if properly applied.
Md Daud, Dhaka