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PM: Enforce 5hr driving limit on highways

  • Published at 09:55 am June 25th, 2018
  • Last updated at 02:01 pm June 25th, 2018
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addressing the weekly cabinet meeting on June 25, 2018 Focus Bangla

She asked for keeping alternative drivers, rest rooms, and service centres at specific locations along the highways

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the authorities concerned to ensure proper execution of the provision of five-hour driving time of the transport drivers on highways.

She also asked for keeping arrangement of alternative drivers, rest rooms, and service centres at specific locations along the highways to avert unwanted road accidents.

The prime minister made the statement while addressing the weekly cabinet meeting on Monday.

Addressing the recent surge of road accidents across Bangladesh, she asked the authorities concerned to stop abrupt road crossings of the pedestrians, and make the signaling systems effective.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Md Shafiul Alam said the cabinet discussed the traffic management system.

Also Read- Road accidents kill 37 across Bangladesh

He said the prime minister has given some specific directives to check road accidents, which include training drivers and helpers and keeping alternate drivers for long distance journeys.

The premier also asked for making zebra crossing mandatory for pedestrians to cross the road, and fastening seat belt for drivers as well as the passengers while traveling.

She also directed ministers for home, road transport, and shipping to monitor the traffic management system.

Sheikh Hasina asked them to hold time to time meetings for overseeing the execution of her directives, the cabinet secretary said.

The cabinet also congratulated Bangladesh Womens Cricket Team for securing the title in the 7th Asia Cup T-20 Cricket Tournament, defeating India by three wickets in the final match held in Kuala Lumpur on June 10, 2018 and garnering the first ever international honour of this stature for the country.

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