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BRTA bans battery run three-wheelers

Published : Monday, 20 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 96


Bangladesh Road Transport Authority on Sunday banned battery-run rickshaws, van rickshaws, and other three-wheelers from the capitals streets, for what it said to  reduce the number of accidents.

"Due to movement of battery or motorised rickshaws, van rickshaws and other three-wheelers in the metropolis, road safety is deteriorating," BRTA said in a notice.
As it is a punishable offense to drive  battery run rickshaw, van or other three-wheelers and unfit, discoloured, dilapidated and rickety motor vehicles, BRTA asked for stopping plying of battery run rickshaws, vans or other three-wheelers and unfit, discoloured, dilapidated and rickety motor vehicles on the capitals roads.

BRTA said that legal action will be taken against those who violate this order.

On Sunday, drivers and traders protested at Mirpur-10 against the recent police operation to remove battery-powered rickshaws from roads.

Jashim Uddin, Deputy Commissioner of Traffic Mirpur Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said that apart from attacking some buses, the protesters also beat some drivers of pedal rickshaws.

Electric three-wheelers in Bangladesh are known by various names including auto and Easybike. Battery-powered rickshaws have become popular among drivers as an alternative to pedal rickshaws. But these light, slow  moving vehicles have become a cause of  frequent accidents, he said.

In this situation, there have been demands to remove them from the main roads, he said.

Last Wednesday, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said that no battery-operated rickshaws will be allowed on the capitals roads.

Quader said, "We banned them on 22 highways. Not only should they be banned, measures should be taken so that they cannot continue to operate."

He blamed these  vehicles for causing accidents.

The Mayors of the Dhaka North and Dhaka South cities also approved the removal of the battery-run three-wheelers from the streets.

Rickshaw, Battery Run Rickshaw, Van and Easybike Sangram Parishad has called a rally and protest march in front of National Press Club on Monday to press the demand for  lifting  the ban, according to its press release.







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