The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority on Tuesday issued a seven-day ultimatum to the owners of the city service buses to remove all kinds of sticker and advertisement from their bus bodies.
The authority will start operating mobile courts from February 26 against the buses having advertisements and stickers, said officials.
The decision was taken in a meeting at the BRTA head office in the capital after allegations were received about violating the safety of passengers, especially female passengers, as advertisements blocked the view inside.
At the meeting, Green Dhaka and Dhaka Chaka transport companies were fined Tk 10,000 in four cases filed in this regard, said officials.
According to the 2018 Road Transport Act’s section 49 (10), no advertisement shall be shown or broadcast on any motor vehicle without approval of the government or the authority.
New Age reported this past January that new safety threats emerged for passengers as a section of the city service bus owners started to cover their bus windows with plastic sheets or papers blocking both the inside and outside views.
For example, buses belonging to Bahan Paribahan, Victor Classic, Bikash Paribahan, Taranga Plus, Trans Silva Paribahan, Akash Paribahan, Rajanigandha, Sky Line, Moumita Paribahan, Monjil, and Dishari Paribahan companies were plying with such covered windows.
This new trend was gaining ground while incidents of sexual harassment and maltreatment of passengers inside buses are taking place frequently, said the report.
Against this backdrop, BRTA officials conducted an investigation and found that some air-conditioned buses were using advisement.
BRTA director for enforcement AKM Masudur Rahman on Tuesday called a meeting with some owners of the city service buses while owners of the Green Dhaka, Shatabdi Paribahan and Dhaka Chaka companies brought some of their buses covered with advertisements to the BRTA head office.
The owners agreed with the BRTA decision and signed an affidavit to remove the advertisements and stickers from the bodies of their buses within next seven days.
‘From February 26 we’ll start operating mobile courts against the buses which would have advertisements or stickers on their bodies without our permission,’ said Masudur Rahman.
If any bus is found violating the road law then cases would be filed and fines would be imposed, he added.
A report published by Road Safety Foundation in November last year revealed that around 83 per cent of the women who regularly used public transports in the country were sexually harassed by transport workers on roads.
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