Bangladesh Road Transport Authority on Sunday filed cases and realised fines against unfit and unregistered vehicles and for other traffic-related offences in Dhaka as part of a drive to ease congestion in the city keeping Eid-ul-Fitr in view.
Conducting five mobile courts, BRTA’s executive magistrates also warned city shopping malls not to allow parking on roads in front of their establishments.
Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on May 29 had said that this year mobile courts would be operated in front of the shopping malls and other urban areas to stop illegal parking and reduce congestion.
The mobile courts ran at the capital’s New Airport road, Dhaka-Mawa highway, Kamalapur Railway station and Kanchpur bridge areas.
BRTA director (enforcement) Nazmul Ahsan Majumder has told New Age that the executive magistrates have been instructed to operate mobile court at Dhaka’s exist and entry points in the first half of the day.
During the second half, they will warn shopping malls against parking on roads.
Considering congestion on the roads, it was not viable to conduct mobile courts in front of the shopping malls, he said, adding that they only warned them.
Meanwhile, at least one magistrate was not able to conduct mobile court in New Market area as he himself was caught in a traffic snarl-up on his way to the spot.
BRTA executive magistrate Zohora Khatun conducted a mobile court at Kanchpur Bridge and filed 12 cases against and realised Tk 40,000 from unfit and unregistered vehicles and for other offences.
She also seized documents of three vehicles.
Later on the day, she went to the capital’s Bailey Road and Karnaphuli Garden City shopping mall at Kakrail to warn the authorities against illegal parking.
On Dhaka-Mawa highway, executive magistrate Md Munibur Rahman filed 14 cases, realised Tk 40,500 in fines and dumped five leguna for running illegally on highway.
On New Airport road, in front of Hotel Radisson, executive magistrate Muhammad Abdus Salam filed 27 cases and realised Tk 16,000 in fines.
Later he went to Mohammadpur area to warn shopping malls against illegal parking.
Executive magistrate Sujit Hawlader filed 28 cases and realised about Tk 60,000 in fines.
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