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Road Transport Act, 2018 to be implemented from Friday, BRTA not ready for implementation

Dhaka, Nov 01 (BAN/ AD): After an year of passing the Road Transport Act, 2018 on September 19, 2018 it will officially come into effect on Friday. However authorities in charge of enforcing the law are not fully prepared for implementation.

A draft guideline to aid the new law’s implementation was submitted to the Road Transport and Highways Division – under the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges only recently by Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and has yet to be finalized. BRTA officials and transport owners and worker leaders said it would be difficult to properly enforce the law without the guideline.

Former shipping minister Shajahan Khan said “The government announced to start enforcing the law from Friday (today), but the rules under the law are not fixed yet. We do not understand how it will be possible to go ahead with the implementation.” He also added “If we find any discrepancies, we will act accordingly,” He also said the BRTA lacked the capacity to bring proper discipline to the country’s streets.

Sheikh Mohammad Mahbub-e-Rabbani, director at the BRTA said that the BRTA does not have the capacity to implement the law. He said “The existing team is capable enough to routinely do the task.”

Experts said the government did not do much to raise mass awareness about such a significant law, other than publishing advertisement in newspapers.

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