The authorities are going to make driving licences mandatory for the people who will buy motorcycles from September this year to ensure safety on roads, said officials of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority.
The authority will not provide registration to any vehicles if the sellers fail to ensure that the buyers have the licences — if not professional driving licences, at least learner driving licences.
The authority also has taken initiative to take motorcycle driving tests of the people whose learner driving licences would expire before September 1, under special arrangement.
In recent times the number of motorcycles increased especially after introduction of ridesharing services in 2016.
Motorcycle-related road accidents, including fatal ones, also increased since drivers without licences and skills are driving bikes — a fact that makes the authorities worried.
In May, around 40.18 lakh registered motor vehicles were on roads across the country, out of which 26.23 lakh or about 65 per
cent were motorcycles, according to the BRTA.
Till 2016, the number of total motorcycles was 17.24 lakh.
Additionally, till March this year, 10.53 lakh drivers were shown to have licences for driving motorcycles.
According to the Accident Research Institute of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, since 2018 the number of road accidents involving motorcycles increased in the capital.
On June 26, the authority issued a release which said that the motorcycle sellers have to ensure that the buyers have at least learner driving licences.
It also said that from September 1, 2019, registrations would not be given to these motorcycles if buyers failed to show the licences.
If any organisation wanted to buy motorcycles, then the institute would show allocation letter for the users and driving licences, it added.
Earlier the decision was taken on May 13 this year asking the motorcycle manufacturers and sellers to distribute booklets on information of registration and getting licences to the buyers.
BRTA director (engineering) Md Lokman Hossain Mollah told New Age Sunday that the system would come into effect from September this year.
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