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JS to pass comprehensive road law soon

Published : 11 May 2024 11:00 PM

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Saturday said that the proposed comprehensive road law will be passed in the parliament soon to prevent causalities caused by road accidents across the country. 

He said this while addressing the 10th General Assembly of Nirapad Sarak Chai (NISCHA) at Shilpakala Academy in the capital. NISCHA President Ilyas Kanchan presided over the function.

The home minister expressed with great regret that many met with their tragic end on the road at the early stage of their life without fulfilling dreams. 

Kamal said that the new law has detailed the responsibilities of all concerned, including driver, helper, vehicle owner and transport agency involving road accidents. 

Details about who will be responsible for road accident and what kind of punishment is prescribed for any type of negligence, everything is clarified in the law, he added. 

Narrating his own experience, the minister said, “I too met with a road accident. I had many dreams. But all my dreams have been shattered by the road accident.

He said that he became active in politics after the road accident.

The minister said road accidents have now emerged as a national problem in the country. Amid demand of various organisations and institutions, the government has been observing the National Safe Road Day on 22 October.

The minister said the Road Act is going to passed in Parliament. Here the responsibilities of drivers, helpers, owners and various transport agencies have been analyzed. 

Mentioning that the city should have 25 percent roads, he said, no city in our country has that. For this, there are flyovers. 

In 2018, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also gave six-point instructions to reduce road accidents. We do not follow the law even if we know it. It increases road accidents, Kamal continued.

The minister said that the cause of road accidents should be investigated first. The biggest reason is lack of awareness.

He said that unskilled and unaware drivers are being trained. There are many reasons such as leaving vehicles without fitness, driver talking on mobile phone, unsafe and broken roads, not obeying traffic rules.

Secretary of Road Transport and Highways Department ABM Amin Ullah Noori urged everyone to be careful and aware while traveling on the road.