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Transport leaders admit anarchy on city roads
Dhaka Road Transport Owners’ Association general secretary Khandaker Enayet Ullah on Monday admitted that the anarchic situation in the road yet to improve despite different initiatives.
In a special general meeting of the organisation, he urged the transport operators to admit their faults and fulfil their responsibilities by keeping legal and updated documents of vehicles and drivers.
‘It is a matter of regret that we [the owners] are fit
but we keep the bus, which is the source of our income, unfit,’ he said.
The association organised the meeting at Mahanagar Natyamancha in the capital to operate public transports in disciplined way.
The meeting was held on a day when commuters faced immense sufferings on different routes due to shortage of public buses and minibuses.
Enayet Ullah, also the secretary general of Bangladesh Road Transport Owners’ Association, blamed the owners for unholy competition among buses on roads.
‘Owner brothers, unholy competition only take places among buses as there is no such competition with cars or CNG-run autos. So stop it,’ he said.
He criticised the existing rules of applying for heavy driving licences, which required six years of experience, as ‘peculiar law’ and urged the authorities to give such licence to anyone who can drive buses.
The leader said many young adolescent boys drive buses in the capital which was a reality.
He also requested the government to give time until December this year to update the documents of all city service buses.
‘We will go back to trip-based salary system from now on all over the country. If drivers agree for monthly-basis wage system then we will also agree with them. But the problem is that the drivers change their jobs frequently,’ Enayet added.
Leaders of different transport workers associations though in the meeting urged the owners to bring workers under monthly wage system.
During the meeting, Sheikh Mohammad Sabuj Uddin, owner of Mohona Paribahan Ltd, said, ‘we have to implement the late Dhaka North City Corporation mayor Annisul Huq’s proposal to bring all buses under six companies.’
As Sabuj was speaking, the other owners present at the meeting shouted ‘no! no!’ and claimed that they did not agree with his proposal.
Sabuj was then compelled to end his speech by saying ‘sorry’.
In the meeting, the owners decided not to increase the number of bus seats and allow any drug-addict driver.
The meeting was participated by city service bus owners and leaders of different organisation.