CNG-auto drivers demand removal of BRTA chair

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jul 29,2019


Compressed natural gas-run auto-rickshaw drivers from Dhaka and Chattogram on Sunday demanded removal of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority chairman.

They, at a press conference at National Press Club in Dhaka, also placed a six-point charter of demands and threatened to go on a strike for indefinite period after September 3, said a release issued by Dhaka and Chattogram District CNG Auto-Rickshaw Workers’ Unity Council.

The council leaders alleged that since 2017 they were conducting movement with the demand of allowing 5,000 new auto-rickshaws in Dhaka and 4,000 in Chattogram against the drivers.

Their other demands include – reduce the rate of daily deposit from Tk 900 to Tk 700, increase fare on first two kilometres from Tk 40 to Tk 60 and each following kilometre from Tk 12 to Tk 20, fix ceiling and uniform for ridesharing service providing motorcyclists, parking facilities for auto-rickshaws, stop harassment by police and bribe culture in renewing driving licences.

BRTA chairman Md Moshiur Rahman promised to consider the demand but yet to take initiative for which they demanded his removal. They also demand removal of BRTA’s Chattogram divisional deputy director, the leaders said.

They also said that they would call strike for indefinite period if their demands were not met by September 3.

The press conference was attended, among others, by the council joint convener Omar Faruk Chowdhury, member secretary Shakhawat Hossain Dulal, adviser Waziullah and organising secretary Abdul Jabbar.

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