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Comprehensive road law soon: Home boss

Published : Sunday, 12 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 205

A comprehensive road law will be passed in parliament soon to reduce the number of deaths in road accidents, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan says.

He said the new law analyses the responsibilities of drivers, assistants, transport owners, and transport agencies. It clarifies who will be responsible for what and what kind of penalties will be imposed for different types of negligence.
"We want to ensure that no more lives are lost in accidents," he said.
He spoke at the biennial national rally of Nirapad Sarak Chai or We Demand Safe Roads, at the National Theatre Hall in Segunbagicha, Dhaka, on Saturday.

The minister said, "According to BRTA (Bangladesh Road Transport Authority) data, 14 people die every day due to road accidents. Our records show that in 2023, there were 5,495 road accidents resulting in approximately 5,024 deaths and a similar number of injuries."

Previously, the Road Transport Act-2018 was passed in parliament, providing a maximum of five years imprisonment for accidents caused by reckless driving.

This was in the backdrop of student protests demanding safer roads, following which the government took initiative to draft the law, increasing the punishment for accidents causing death to two years.

However, since the laws enactment, it has faced strong opposition from transport owners and workers organisations.

They argue that the penalties for accidents causing death under the new law are excessively harsh.

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