Published:  12:10 AM, 13 January 2019

The mindset needs to change first

Says minister during a surprise visit to BRTA drive

If the drivers, passengers and pedestrians change their mindsets, only then transport order could be brought to roads, commented Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader. While replying to a query, the minister also said: "It's not right that the drives are totally fruitless. These bring partial success. But we need to change our overall mentality and it has become immensely necessary."

Quader made a surprise visit to Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) mobile court at Manik Mia Avenue yesterday. "None is willing to abide by the law. They don't care while crossing the roads," Quader told the press.

"The public sometimes roams like careless drivers and end up in accidents. Road mishaps occur not solely for the reckless drivers. Rather passengers and pedestrians are responsible sometimes," commented Quader advocating for shaping mass awareness. "In default, we wouldn't succeed.

I am expecting all-out cooperation in this regard," he urged all. The two courts meantime lodged cases against 52 vehicles till 11:45 am. Apart from, a total of Tk 1.35 lakh was fined, three were jailed and 17 vehicles were seized during the time.   
Road Transport minister said the simultaneous drives were in kind of limbo due to the national election and irregularities on roads went up. However, drive against unfit vehicles and drivers would be intensified again. "Look at the fine realized and seizure during only two hours. Drives will be intensified and BRTA capacity for this has been improved," he concluded.   

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