Restrictions on using more private cars likely

Dhaka,  Monday,   2016-09-23
Published : 23 Sep 2016, 16:37:28 | Updated : 23 Sep 2016, 19:49:35

Restrictions on using more private cars likely

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader hinted that the uses of more than one car per family are going to be restricted under a new law.

"The proposed law is going to be placed before the cabinet soon. If approved, it would be tabled before the parliament to enact as the Road Transport Law that would restrict uses of more than one private car per family," the minister told journalists at a meeting before a rally held at Jatiya Sangsad's south plaza on Thursday, reports BSS.

The rally was organised to mark the Car-Free World campaign locally. Dozens of public, private and non-government organisations co-hosted the rally in capital Dhaka, which is regularly plugged by massive traffic congestions despite government's efforts to offset the ordeal.

Cars occupy roughly 80 per cent of Dhaka road space and are the main cause of traffic congestion, reads a World Bank blog article. It says there are no dedicated bicycle or rickshaw lane on any roads in Dhaka and less than 25 per cent of roads have separated, paved sidewalks, most of which are either occupied by parked cars or damaged without proper maintenance.

Obaidul Quader said besides restricting private car uses in cities, the proposed law would also pave the way for the physically challenged people to use public transports with ramps that can allow them to go on board with wheelchairs. He also said that the new law would deal with the offenders of road accidents with an iron hand.

Mayor of Dhaka City Corporation (North) Anisul Haque announced that he would declare at least two thoroughfares- one in Moahammadpur and another in Gulshan area- free from vehicular movement within next six months.

He said the privileged citizens of this mega city have to think about the living condition of others who could not afford to have private cars or jeeps.

Anisul Haque said the rising number of vehicles have not only worsening the traffic condition of the city but also contributing enormously to air and sound pollution, causing a major havoc to the quality of life for adults and cognitive power reduction for children.

Private cars need to be restricted in order to protect the future generations, he added. –RH
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