Ride-sharing apps have garnered widespread popularity in Bangladesh. The success of Pathao has motivated young entrepreneurs to find the courage and start their own ride-sharing platforms. Sadly, many of the riders are heedless to the laws of this country, and this may invite severe consequences for them in the near future. Individuals who drive recklessly are incompetent to be ride-sharing drivers, no doubt, but they shouldn’t have licences in the first place. To resolve this growing problem, the law enforcement needs to mandate strict laws and truly implement them. But the government cannot do it all, the owners of ride-sharing platforms also have to fulfil their share of responsibilities. They must ensure that riders drive at a safe speed and in the “legal” limit; more often than not, drivers over-speed, violating the law and risking passengers’ lives along with their own. And let’s not forget that this is one of the major causes of road accidents. One cannot emphasise enough how serious this issue is. Lastly, when it comes to bikes, riders should be wearing helmets which many times they do not.
Ride-sharing apps have made our lives so much more convenient. For this to continue, it’s extremely crucial that safety measures are undertaken with utmost priority.
Sheikh Sameen Faizan, North South University