Commuters suffer for the second day of transport strike
October 29th, 2018 at 3:34 pm
Commuters suffer for the second day of transport strike

Dhaka – Commuters in Dhaka and other districts have immensely been suffering as the transport strike continued for the second day Monday.

Thousands of office-goers in the capital Dhaka and the port city of Chattogram had to face difficulties as public transport remained off the streets.

Long-haul buses also stated off the road as the transport workers called the two-day strike to press home their eight-point demands including amendment to the recently passed Road Transport Law 2018.

Television footages show the transport workers obstructed plying of some vehicles, who defied the strike, at different points. But private vehicles, rickshaw and auto-rickshaw dominated the city streets.

State run buses of the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation were also prevented by the transport workers. In the inter-district routes, people used trains and motor launches in the river routes for their emergency trips.

The government last month passed the road transport law to bring discipline in the national highways and roads after a nationwide student movement calling for road safety. The students demanded road safety after two college students were ran over and killed by a bus in Dhaka’s Kurmitola.

But the transport workers demanded revision of some of the provisions of the law that made some fatality related offences non-bailable. The law also set a new level of educational qualification for obtaining driver’s permit.

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