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One of every 3 Bd buses ply without fitness certificates
Buses are back to streets in Bangladesh, after nearly a week of suspension of operation, on Monday morning

One of every 3 Bd buses ply without fitness certificates

Dhaka, Feb 07 – The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) submitted on Thursday a report to the High Court saying that 33 percent buses plying across the country have no fitness certificate.
Lawyer Md Rafiul Islam on behalf of BRTA placed the report before the bench of Justice Moyenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal on yesterday.
The 150-pages report also said that 56 percent buses have no speed regulatory certificate. Journalists have also a copy of the survey report.
The report was made after surveying the transport plying in different areas including Dhaka, Mawa, Gazipur and Narayanganj.
The HC then issued a rule asking why the defendant allowing transports without fitness to be out on the streets should not be declared illegal.
It also asked why the court should not ban buses without fitness from the streets.
The road, transport and bridges secretary, home secretary, BRTA chairman, Bangladesh road safety department director, BRTA enforcement department director and the inspector general of police have been made respondent to the rule within four weeks.
Earlier on July 31 last year, the High Court formed a 16-member probe committee and ordered a survey on transports without fitness after hearing a petition filed by lawyer Tanvir Ahmed.
Journalists and impartial committee headed by the home secretary, BRTA chairman and road, transport and bridges secretary was ordered to file the report within three months.
BRTA submitted the report on yesterday and it showed that 33 percent of the public buses don’t have fitness certificate and 56 percent don’t have speed control certificate, said lawyer Tanvir Ahmed.
It is known that during the hearing the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) report of filmmaker Tareque Masud’s accident and his family receiving compensation was produced where the matter of the car not having fitness surfaced.
The committee produced the photo of Titumir College student Rajib’s case and that bus was unfit as well.
The case of the two students who were run over in front of Kurmitola General Hospital also showed that the bus did not have fitness.
For all this circumstances the court was moved to issue a rule in the matter, said Tanvir Ahmed. – Staff Reporter

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