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JS panel places report on Road Transport Bill
A parliamentary body on Monday placed before parliament its report on the much-talked-about Road Transport Bill proposing maximum 5 years’ jail for any death or serious injuries caused by reckless or negligent driving and death penalty for intentional murder by driving.
Parliamentary standing committee on road transport and bridges ministry chairman Ekabbar Hossain placed the report in the sitting with speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the char.
Section 105 of the bill proposed that if anyone sustained serious injuries or lost life in any motor vehicle accident, such offenses would be considered as crimes under the relevant provisions of the Penal Code 1860.
Notwithstanding to the punishments prescribed in the Section 304B of the Penal Code, whoever causes
the serious injuries or death of any person by rash or negligent driving will be punished with imprisonment for maximum five years or with a fine of Tk 5 lakh or both, the section said.
The maximum punishment for this offence was seven-year imprisonment in the past, which was later reduced to three-year imprisonment by an amendment to the Penal Code.
The Cabinet on August 6 approved the bill seeking a new law replacing the existing Motor Vehicles Ordinance 1983 in the wake of student movement for road safety after two students of Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College were killed in a road accident in Dhaka on July 29.
The bill proposed death sentence as the maximum punishment for intentional murder by driving.
Section 11 of the bill proposed introduction of point system against each driving license. A total of 12 points will be allocated against each driving license and the points will be curtailed for every offence such as violating red signal and reckless overtaking.
If all the 12 points are cut, the licence will be cancelled, the bill proposed.
The driving licence can be cancelled, withdrawn or suspended in case of illness, insanity, physical and mental incapability, taking alcohol, habitual crimes or any other reason, said Section 12.
Section 6 proposed successful completion of Class VIII as the minimum educational qualification for having a driving licence.
Section 53 proposed the establishment of a financial assistance fund to provide compensation or medical treatment cost to the victims of road accidents of their families.
A trusty board, led by a chairman, will maintain the fund. The victims will get compensation or cost for medical treatment as fixed by the trusty board, said the section.
Section 39 said that the working hours for drivers, helpers-cum-cleaners and conductors would be fixed by an official gazette notification keeping consistency with the Bangladesh Labour Act 2006 and the employers must follow it.
The bill said that the maximum punishment for driving without licence or driving motorised vehicle without fitness would be jail for six months or fine of Tk 25,000 or both.
The maximum punishment for driving unregistered motorised vehicles would be jail for six months or fine of Tk 50,000 or both, it said.