Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Friday said that the proposed road transport bill would be enacted only to serve and secure interest of the public, not any quarter.
Inaugurating a training programme for professional drivers organised by Bangladesh Road Transport Authority at its Ekuria office in Dhaka, the minister assured transport leaders that he would talk with the law ministry where the draft bill was currently lying.
‘We are taking suggestions from all stakeholders,’ he said adding that it was necessary to enact the bill to secure public interest.
On Thursday, senior transport leaders, including shipping minister Shajahan Khan, at a discussion demanded changes to the bill to reduce the severity of proposed punishments.
At the ceremony, Quader urged the transport owners not to harm workers’ physical and mental balance by forcing them to work overtime.
He said that the authorities were ready to provide highway-side spaces for workers to take rest at an interval of 30 to 40 kilometres if the owners identified those spaces.
The programme was attended, among others, by BRTA chairman Md Moshiar Rahman and Dhaka district police superintendent Shah Mizan Shafiur Rahman.
The cabinet approved in principle the draft bill on March 27.
Rights activists, however, have been calling for incorporating provisions in the bill for better passenger safety and sterner punishment for people responsible for road accidents.
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