Most of the dilapidated buses continue to transport commuters on the capital’s roads dodging the drive that began on March 5 to throw them out of service, said residents as well as officials.
Owners of rundown buses and unlicensed drivers effectively dodged mobile courts, they said.
Once again, the authorities failed to accomplish the declared objective of freeing the capital’s streets from unlicenced drivers and dilapidated buses, said commuters.
They said that powerful and wealthy transport owners foiled the drive set to continue until April 17.
The drive was launched by the Dhaka South City Corporation in areas under it with support from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police, the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority and the Dhaka district administration.
DSCC officials admitted to New Age that due to manpower shortage the drive did not achieve the desired results.
They said that buses disappeared from the streets whenever mobile courts reached there to penalize the unlicenced drivers or the rundown buses.
Until Tuesday, they said, mobile courts realized Tk 26,01,050 in fines from the owners of dilapidated buses and filed 1,188 cases against them
Besides, they said 71 unlicenced driver were jailed and 65 vehicles including buses and human haulers were dumped during the month-long drive.
DSCC chief estate officer Mohammed Kamrul Islam Chowdury said that the drive would be extended until the dilapidated buses and the unlicenced drivers were thrown of the roads.
He said that the tactics of the drive would be changed to deal with the dodgers.
He said that after April 17, the mobile courts hold random sessions to achieve the objective of throwing buses older than 20 years as well as unlicenced drivers out of the capital’s streets.
Executive magistrates who held mobile courts think that the drive should be intensified by holding the courts simultaneously at multi locations to prevent dodging.
Sayedabad Terminal based Bus Owners’ Association general secretary Abul Kalam said no owner would allow the government to dump their 20-year old or even older buses unless and until the government provided grants to replace their buses.
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