Most vehicles involved in recent major and sensational road crashes did not have the required documents, including valid fitness certificates, or their drivers were without a valid licence.
The horrific accident that happened on the Dhaka-Bhanga expressway on Sunday once again brought to fore the issues in our transport sector. Mozammel Hoque Chowdhury, secretary general of Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, talks to The Daily Star Opinion about the reasons behind such tragedies on our highways and how to prevent them.
The sales of commercial vehicles, particularly heavy-duty trucks, fell nearly 22 per cent year-on-year in 2022 in Bangladesh due to their higher price, a surge in fuel costs and lower imports.
Nobody will be allowed to buy a motorcycle without a driving licence. Also, one would need a licence to get a motorcycle registered with the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority.
Police on March 15 last year seized a mini-truck for using it to attempt a robbery. Since then, the vehicle has been kept at Cumilla Sadar South Police Station. Despite this fact, the mini-truck (Chattogram Metro-NA-11-2608) got its fitness certificate in November.
The government is going to increase fees for most services provided by the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), putting additional financial burden on private and commercial vehicle owners.
A sharp and unregulated growth of vehicles, especially motorcycles and three-wheelers, over the last few years has resulted in a spike in the numbers of road crashes and casualties.
Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) cancels registration of a bus of Shuprovat Paribahan that killed a student of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) at Nodda near Dhaka’s Bashundhara Residential area.
The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority's (BRTA) proposal to make proof of cylinder retest certificate mandatory for refilling at filling stations for CNG-run vehicles is promising.
Vehicles registered outside Dhaka city will not be allowed to enlist with any ride-sharing company operating in the city. Besides, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has been directed to propose the highest ceiling for the number of vehicles to be enlisted with any particular ride-hailing company.
None of the 14 ride-sharing companies that sought BRTA registration have been able to fulfill the required conditions, although a guideline mentioning the conditions was put in force 10 months ago.
In August the government relaxed until December 31 the requirement of experience for getting licences to drive medium and heavy
The government call for renewing motor vehicles' fitness certificates largely went in vain as owners of only 16 out of over 56,000 vehicles that did not obtain the certificate in more than a decade responded within the deadline of April 30.
More than 55,000 vehicles, including 3,740 belonging to different ministries and government agencies, have not renewed their fitness certificates for more than a decade, according to official data. One can only assume that the actual number of such vehicles is much greater, even though some on the list may no longer be running according to BRTA.
Over 55,000 vehicles, including 3,740 belonging to different ministries and government agencies, have not had their fitness certificates renewed for more than a decade in breach of rules, official data showed.
The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has been directed by the government to keep highways clear of illegal vehicles like the Nosimon and Karimon that cannot run at 60kmph.
They consider Tata engines grossly underrated. If a “Tata human haulier” is capable of carrying double the passenger-load than what they usually do, then why not turn them into minibuses? All it needs is a little improvisation; ingenious indeed! While not lawful, this is an aspect that hardly matters as far as Dhaka streets and their diverse array of public transports are concerned.