Prime mover operators have not yet submitted to Bangladesh Road Transport Authority any list of the names of their drivers and licence numbers for getting heavy driving licence despite repeated directives in this regard.
BRTA eight months ago had decided that they would take driving test of listed drivers having ‘light or medium driving licences’ and set three years of experience for giving them heavy driving licences.
BRTA director (road safety) Sk Md Mahbub-E-Rabbani told New Age on Wednesday that they did not get any list from the trailer operators.
Earlier, on January 22, BRTA decided to collect list of the drivers who already had light or medium driving licences and three years’ experiences.
Then, the authorities would take their test of driving heavy vehicles and would send the final list to the road transport and bridges ministry for approval.
The decision came following transport owners and workers’ agitations in 2016.
It is mandatory to have heavy driving licences to drive prime movers and trailers.
According to the council leaders, there are about 18,000 trailer drivers out of whom about half have no driving licences.
Out of the total trailer drivers, who have licences, around 200 have heavy driving licences, they confirmed.
BRTA on March 21 sent a letter to the Chittagong Prime Mover and Trailers Owners and Workers’ Unity Council leaders for getting information including the drivers’ names, licence numbers, years of experiences, national identification numbers and prime movers’ registration numbers.
On October 30, in a meeting at BRTA headquarter, the council members met the RTB minister Obaidul Quader following a 48-hour work abstention to press home their five-point charter of demands including issuing heavy driving licences for drivers of goods vehicles and easy conditions to get these licences.
At the meeting, BRTA officials said they did not get the list of drivers while the transport leaders claimed that they did not get any letter in this regard.
The officials then again directed the leaders to submit list as soon as possible.
The unity council member secretary, Abu Bakar Siddiq, said that currently they were collecting the names and driving licence numbers of the trailer drivers.
‘Hopefully from next Sunday we will be able to start submitting the list to the BRTA,’ he added.
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