|Published : 17 Sep 2016, 18:35:57 | Updated : 17 Sep 2016, 18:43:15|
Three-wheeler embargo on highways relaxed: Quader
The embargo on driving auto-rickshaws on the highways has been relaxed by an hour, said Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Saturday.
The decision was taken to facilitate re-fuelling the vehicles.
Quader revealed the government’s decision while exchanging views with the representatives of CNG auto-rickshaw owners and labour unions at circuit house in Chittagong, reports BSS.
Chittagong district administration organised the meeting.
As per new decision, CNG-run auto-rickshaws can now ply on highways from 6am to 9am for refuelling purpose, said Obaidul Quader.
However, the auto-rickshaws would not be allowed to carry passengers during that time except patients.
Quader said government is determined to stop plying of three-wheelers on highways to reduce road accidents.
He claimed that the number of accidents on highways dropped last year due to this ban.
"All CNG-run auto-rickshaws will run in the port city under the new meter rules and fare chart and action will be taken against those who would failed to comply the order", he added.
He said action will also be taken against unregistered CNG-run auto rickshaws and battery-run easy bikes in the port city to ensure discipline on city routes and to save lives.
Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong Mezbah Uddin presided over the function while City Mayor A J M Nasir Uddin, former President of CCCI M A Latif, MP, Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury MP, Joint Secretary of Road Transport and Bridges Ministry Faruk Jalil, Superintendent of Chittagong district police Nur-e-Alam Mina, Deputy Director of BRTA Mohammad Shahidullah, representatives of Sarak Paribahan, labour unions, among others, spoke on the occasion. - IH