Truckers call strike from today

Staff Correspondent . Dhaka | Update:

Untitled-40Bangladesh Truck Covered Van Unity Council has announced an indefinite strike across the country from 6:00am on Wednesday, demanding Road Transport Act's amendment.

The convener of Bangladesh Truck Covered Van Owners Association Rustom Ali Khan made the announcement at a press conference at the Tejgaon truck terminal office on Tuesday.

The truck owners demanded the amendment to different sections of newly-enforced Road Transport Act.

The main demands include changes to the section which does not allow bail in the road accident cases against drivers.

Rustom Ali said, “Our strike mainly started three days ago. The truckers are not operating at different places. There is a pressure from across the country to enforce the strike.”

While visiting Tejgaon truck terminal on Tuesday morning following the enforcement of the Road Transport Act, Prothom Alo correspondent found that a tense situation was prevailing among the truck and van drivers. Many were expressing anger over the enforcement of new law.

Earlier on 17 November, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said that the Road Transport Act, 2018 had come into effect.

“The law will be enforced from today (Sunday) after its lax enforcement for two weeks expired two days back,” he said.

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