Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Saturday said mass awareness campaign will be continued across the country for a week and asked the concerned authorities not to filing any case during the time under the new Road and Transport Act that went into effect on Friday.
“We are engaged in conducting a massive awareness campaign across the country to bring back discipline on the roads. And thus, no one can file any case under the new law,” he said.
Quader, also general secretary of the ruling Awami League, came up with the instruction while talking to reporters after visiting the activities of a mobile court on Dhaka-Chattogram Highway in Signboard area of Narayanganj.
The mobile court of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority was carrying out efforts to enforce the much-talked-Road Transport Act 2018.
Responding to a query, Quader said discipline is still lacking in the public transport sector, which is the matter of concern of happening road accident and creating traffic congestion.
“We are going to enforce the act strictly as we believe that discipline must return back in the road and transport sector enforcing the new law,” he said.
Claiming that awareness is a must alongside enforcement of the law, Quader sought supports from all people to face the challenge of bringing back discipline on the roads and highways.
On October 22, the Road Transport and Highways Division issued a gazette, stating that the Road Transport Act (RTA) would be effective from today. Parliament had passed the RTA in September last year, replacing the Motor Vehicle Ordinance, 1983.
According to section 105 of the new act, if anybody gets seriously injured or killed in a motor vehicle-related accident, it would be considered an offence under the relevant sections of the Penal Code-1860.