Obaidul claims road crash curb during drive
Road accidents in the country have decreased since a mobile court drive was launched a week ago as in those seven days only 13 accidents occurred across the country, Road Transportation and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader told the parliament yesterday.
“On an average, 13 accidents occur daily, but since the drive, 13 accidents occurred over seven days,” Quader said replying
to lawmakers' queries. The minister also said the ongoing surprise mobile court drive against unfit vehicles and fake driving licence holders would continue till the number of road accidents comes to a “reasonable level”.
Quader informed the House that the mobile court has, so far, filed 6,500 cases for driving unfit vehicles, fined a total of Tk 47.63 lakh, and sentenced 36 people to different jail terms.
He said 117 vehicles were destroyed during the drive.
Quader further said that a total of 8.53 lakh legal vehicles were plying Dhaka city roads. He said under Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation there are 1,529, and of them 479 are out of order.
1,123 TRAIN ACCIDENTS IN 5 YRS
A total of 1,123 train accidents took place due to derailment across the country since 2009-2010, leaving 152 people dead and 286 others injured, Railways Minister Mujibul Haque told the parliament.