Transport workers to keep speed limit below 30km/h in certain areas

Dhaka,  Mon,  24 July 2017
Published : 13 May 2017, 22:32:04
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Transport workers to keep speed limit below 30km/h in certain areas

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Transport workers at a campaign Saturday pledged keeping the speed of their vehicles below 30 kilometres per hour (km/h) in some specific areas to save valuable lives.

They took an oath in this regard while participating in the campaign organised by BRAC on the eve of Global Road Safety Week 2017, being observed between May 8 and 14 across the world. The campaign is being held with the theme "Save Lives, Slow Down".

Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) chairman Md Moshiar Rahman inaugurated a motorbike rally from the National Parliament premises as part of the campaign.

Danish Ambassador to Dhaka Mikael Hemniti Winther, Asian Injury-Thailand chairperson Ratanawadee Winther, BRAC Road Safety Project director Ahmed Nazmul Hussain and its advocacy project director K A M Morshed, among others, also took part.

Road Rider Motorbike Group helped the campaign with their 200 motorbikes.

The BRTA chairman said the high speed is the key reason behind deadly accidents. Sensible speed of vehicles could help save hundreds of lives every year.

Mikael Hemniti Winther said the campaign will draw the attention of the policy makers about the burning issues related to road safety and will develop simple, low-cost interventions to address these.

He urged the drivers for going slow, saving lives both of others and themselves.

However, the drivers of buses, cars and three-wheelers have expressed their solidarity with the motor bikers as their colourful procession reached Mahakhali bus terminal in the city.

The transport workers took oath that they will keep speed limit below 30-km/hour while passing schools, hospitals, residential areas and the places where human-run vehicles and pedestrians dominate.  

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