Traffic restricted in Bangladesh capital from midnight

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:59, Jan 30,2020 | Updated: 00:18, Jan 31,2020


The movement of almost all road vehicles will be banned for 18 hours in the areas of the Dhaka north and south city corporations starting from midnight today (Friday) to facilitate the voting in the elections to the city corporations on Saturday.

A similar ban has already been in effect on the movement of motorcycles since Thursday midnight (12:00am), which would remain in force for the next 54 hours.

The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority on Tuesday issued an urgent circular in this regard.

As per Section 32 of the Road Transport Act, 2018 a ban has been imposed on the movement of auto-rickshaws, taxicabs, microbuses, jeeps, pickups, cars, buses, trucks, tempos and other motorised vehicles for 18 hours in the capital from 12:00am Saturday to 6:00pm Saturday, said the circular.

The same ban would come into effect on the movement of motorcycles from 12:00am on Thursday (yesterday), which would remain in force till 6:00am on Sunday, the circular added.

The ban will only be relaxed for the candidates, their polling agents, local and foreign observers with the permission of the returning officers and the officials and employees engaged in election duties, journalists, members of law-enforcement agencies, legal election-observers and the vehicles engaged in emergency services, including ambulances, fire-service, electricity, gas, post and telecommunications vehicles.

It will also be relaxed on the national and regional highways and important roads and connecting roads to get in or out of the capital.

Vehicles carrying physically impaired voters and passengers with tickets on their way to airport, launch or bus stations and terminals would also enjoy the relaxation, the circular added.  

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