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Quader: Will fix number of cars a family can own

  • Published at 03:37 pm September 22nd, 2016
  • Last updated at 03:53 pm September 22nd, 2016
Quader: Will fix number of cars a family can own
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader made the statement at a programme on the World Car Free Day in Dhaka on Thursday. He, however, did not give details about criterion based on which the government will fix the ceiling or what will people having 'more cars', will do with their 'extra' vehicles. Every year thousands of new private cars are being registered with the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) in Dhaka alone. The Bangladeshi capital is already one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Last year, 18,422 private passenger cars were registered only in Dhaka. It is a significant number considering that the total number of cars registered across Bangladesh in 2015 is 21,062. Road capacity on the other hand, does not increase with the soaring number of vehicles, leading to gruelling traffic congestion. The UNDP had observed that “dilapidated and unreliable” public transport system was pushing more people towards private transport.
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It was estimated in 2011 that private cars occupied more than 70% space available on Dhaka's streets. Apart from time, traffic congestion also eat up almost 6% of Bangladesh's annual GDP. “The government will fix the number of private cars for a family,” Minister Quader said. It is not the first time Quader made such comments. In June, he told the Parliament that an upcoming legislative provision would fix the ceiling for the number of cars a family can own. He said the provision had been included in the Road Transport Bill 2016. Quader made a similar statement in Parliament in February. On Thursday, he said: “The Road Transport Act will be completed soon and submitted to the Cabinet for final approval before it is tabled in Parliament. We will include a provision to fix the number of cars for a family. “To support the law, we will also move to control private cars on the street in selected areas.”