Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged all road users to remain careful while travelling in a bid to avert accidents as road fatalities have gone up in Bangladesh in the past years.
Hasina, while addressing a discussion on the occasion of National Road Safety Day-2019 in Dhaka on Tuesday, also asked the officials concerned to stop plying of unfit vehicles.
She also warned of stern actions against wrong doing on the streets saying the “The mentality of earning some money by fixing the vehicles somehow will have to be discarded.”
Road Transport and Highways Division arranged the discussion.
Hasina also called the pedestrians and drivers to properly follow traffic rules to avoid road accidents.
“We don’t want anybody to die or to be crippled in any road crash … that’s why we want safe road system along with peace and discipline persists,” she said.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader presided over the function, while Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Road Transport and Bridges Ministry Ekabbor Hossain and Executive President of Road Transport Workers Federation Shajahan Khan, MP, also took part in the discussion.
Hasina said the traffic police must remain alert so that the unfit vehicles cannot ply the roads and none can go for speeding.
She asked the drivers not to use mobile phones while on the steering and the pedestrians should not use it during crossing the roads. Hasina asked the authorities to clean up the pavements by evicting the illegal encroachers.
She also requested transport owners to ensure proper rest and salary of the driver on the public transports.
“It’s not the responsibility of the government or drivers alone to ensure safe road … all citizens including the pedestrians have a responsibility to ensure safe road,” she added.