Dhaka – Bangladesh, one of the countries with high road fatality rate, has adopted an action plan to bring down the road accidents to half in the next two years.
Officials said the National Road Safety Council on Sunday approved the plan titled National Road Safety Strategic Action Plan as more than 5,000 people killed in road accidents in Bangladesh every year.
Numerous others sustain injuries to pass a hapless life. Most of the accidents occur because of poor road condition, lax implementation of rules and lack of awareness by the passengers and the drivers.
Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, State Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives Mashiur Rahman Ranga and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Road Transport and Bridge Md Akabbar Hossain attended the meeting that approved the action plan.
Road and Highways Division will organise a meeting every two months along with stakeholders to review the progress to cut down the accident rate, according to a press statement by the ministry.
The meeting decided to implement the excel load control policy from December 1 to control the overloaded vehicles playing on the roads and highways, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
To avert accident during the winter season, the meeting also decided to impose vehicles’ speed limited in particular areas.
Road and Highways Division Secretary Md Nazrul Islam, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) Chairman Mashiur Rahman, Nirapad Sarak Chai Chairman Ilias Kanchan, Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Malik Samity Secretary General Khandaker Enayetullah and Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Sramik Federation General Secretary Osman Ali and other members of the council attended the meeting, among others.