London 22 October (BAN/DT) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was a chief guest today at Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh (KIB) Auditorium at Farmgate in the capital and said “Plying of unfit vehicles and their unhealthy race on the roads must be stopped … stern actions will have to be taken if anybody unnecessarily increases the size or other things of the trucks and buses.”
She added: “The mentality of earning some money by fixing the vehicles somehow will have to be discarded.”
The discussion was arranged by the Road Transport and Highways Division as it was the National Road Safety Day-2019.
Sheikh Hasina also informed and reminded all pedestrians and drivers to properly follow traffic rules to avoid road accidents.
“We don’t want anybody to die or to be crippled in any road crash…that’s why we want safe road system along with peace and discipline persists,” she said.
People who collaborated in the discussion were Road Transport and Bridges Minister, Obaidul Quader who attended the function, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Road Transport and Bridges Ministry, Ekabbor Hossain and Executive President of Road Transport Workers Federation, Shajahan Khan, MP.
Road Transport and Highways Division Secretary Md Nazrul Islam delivered the welcome speech address and Chairman of “Nirapad Sarak Chai” campaign actor Iliyas Kanchan and Secretary General of Sarak Paribahan Malik Samity Khandakar Enayetullah also spoke.
The prime minister said, “The uncontrolled speed of the vehicles will have to be controlled by fixing their speed limit on roads,” and added “All will have to remain alert in using mobile phones during crossing roads or driving vehicles.”
She would also like arrangements made for long distance drivers so they do not drive long stretches at a time.
“Arrangements for alternative drivers will also have to be made for long-distance vehicles,” she said, adding the owners of the vehicles will have to remain alert to this end.