BAATWF to govt: Save transport sector from extortion

File photo: Buses at a bus stand in Satkhira on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Dhaka Tribune BRTA officials allow unfit vehicles to ply the streets taking bribe, it says The leaders of Bangladesh Auto-Rickshaw Auto-Tempo Transport Workers’ Federation (BAATWF) have urged the government to save the transport sector from extortion by police and political leaders.

They made the statement at a discussion at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Friday, reports UNB. They also urged the government to stop corruption and harassment by Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) officials while issuing license and providing other documents. General Secretary of BAATWF Md Golam Faruque said the government has to stop extortion and corruption for the sake of the development of transport sector.

“We face harassment by traffic police in the name of checking at police check posts. So it must be stopped soon,” he added. Faruque said the Road Transport Act, 2018 goes against the interest of workers and it should be cancelled.

“The government should take proper initiative to train drivers for improving skills. Also they should be provided with appointment letter,” he added. Workers Party (WP) President Rashed Khan Menon said working people of the country are being harassed in many ways. 

“There are allegations against BRTA officials that they allow unfit vehicles to ply the streets taking bribe. Many road accidents occur due to unfit vehicles. Besides, long time duty of drivers is also a reason behind road accidents,” he said.

Ex BNP MP Shah Muhammad Abu Zafar, former MP and leader of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal Nazmul Haque Prodhan, spoke, among others, at the event.

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