BUET’s Accident Research Institute in a report recommended imposition of ban on hiring bus drivers on daily basis immediately as short term step for curbing road accidents.
In the report submitted to the High Court Division Monday, the ARI also recommended that recruitment of bus drivers by transport companies on monthly wages.
ARI prepared the report to comply with a directive issued by the HCD to assess the liability of bus owners for killing Government Titumir College student Rajib Hasan in road crash at Panthakunjo in the capital.
The report was prepared by ARI director Md Mizanur Rahman, BUET’s civil engineering teacher Md Hadiuzzaman and road safety campaigner Illias Khanchan.
The assessment of the liability is required to pay compensation to Rajib’s two minor orphan brothers.
During probes, ARI found out that a bus of the Sajan Paribahan hit a standing BRTC bus from rear and Rajib, who was standing on the footboard of the BRTC’ double-decker was knocked down on the road in the narrow space between the two buses and suffered severe head injuries losing severed his right which remained stuck between the two buses.
The bus belonging to Sajan had blocked the door of the BRTC bus to ensure that no passenger got into the BRTC bus.
ARI found that Samorita Hospital delayed commencing Rajib’s treatment as it waited for two hours for his relatives.
Later, he was shifted to the Dhaka Medical Hospital where he died two weeks later on April 17.
A bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Khairul Alam set November 15 to hear the report.
ARI recommended introduction of bus route franchise system in the capital as a long term measure to curb recurrence of fatal accidents due to reckless driving.
Under the franchise system, ARI recommended to bring existing bus companies with valid permit operate on a particular route under a single company and to allot route wise separate colour codes.
The bus route franchise system envisages sharing profits and passengers to end competition between drivers and companies.
To qualify to apply for driving license, ARI recommended making it mandatory to take extensive training at driving schools approved by the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority.
None should be allowed to face driving competency test without having certificates from the BRTA approved driving training schools.
It recommend for adding in theory tests for driving license topics like responsibility towards pedestrians, other road users, cyclists as well as understanding road signs as well as traffic rulers and regulations.
ARI could be engaged to take the theory tests and recommended leaving the practical tests to the BRTA.
ARI recommended emergency casualty management system that would require every hospital to take care of accident victims without any delay as the High Court Division directed in a recent ruling.
The ARI recommended banning vehicles having no fitness certificate from theroads.
ARI recommended that every bus should be well cloured with active safety features like indicators, wiper, headlight, tire, door and windows.
ARI recommended stopping the practice of operation of state-owned BRTC bus and other bus on daily lease basis where the bus along with driver was hired on daily basis by the lease holders.
It recommended that bus’ door had to be closed during the journey time, no passenger should be allowed to stand near the door and door could be allowed to open at bus stoppage.
ARI recommend that authorities should create passengers’ shed at every bus stoppage required to be built on every routes.
It recommended that the traffic rules should be enforced strictly.
ARI recommended installation of CCTV in strategic location to monitor crash management, operational system and traffic management.
ARI recommendation said that every crash either in fatal or nonfatal should be reported by the police and the capacity of police in accident reporting, entry and analysis should be increased.
Supreme Court lawyer Ruhul Quddus Kazal appeared for Rajib’s family.
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