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Orders To Stop Battery Operated Rickshaws In Dhaka: Quader

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader. Photo: Collected

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader. Photo: Collected

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today said that the government is going to take steps in prohibiting battery-run rickshaws from plying the roads in the capital. He said that no battery-run rickshaws will be allowed on the streets of the capital Dhaka. At this time he also said that the government is going to enforce a "no helmet, no fuel" policy across the country to reduce casualties in road accidents.

The imposition of a ban on battery-operated rickshaws on Dhaka city streets is not enough, but make sure to prevent those from running, Quader made the call pointing finger at the authorities concerned.

Quader, also general secretary of the ruling Awami League, came up with the order during the first meeting of the Road Transport Advisory Council held at the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) building in Banani area of Dhaka on Wednesday.

Claiming that the running of battery-run auto-rickshaws and easy bikes has been prohibited on 22 highways in the country, Quader asked the respective authorities to implement the order.   

"Everybody now wears helmets," he said, adding that it is rare that motorcyclists are plying the roads without helmets.

"No Helmet, No Fuel policy has to be implemented across the country, not only in Dhaka. We have taken this decision today," he also added.

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