He also warned traffic police to stop unnecessary harassment in the name of rack rent
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia has urged all stakeholders for coordinated efforts to bring discipline in the transport sector.
He also warned traffic police to stop unnecessary harassment in the name of rack rent.
DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said this while speaking at a discussion over Dhaka’s traffic management system, organized at Bangladesh police auditorium, in Dhaka on Saturday.
Asaduzzaman Mia said: “It is not possible to bring discipline in traffic system unless traffic police, bus owners, drivers, and helpers do their jobs in a coordinated way following the rules and regulations because we are not the only authority for everything. City Corporation is also involved in the system.
“We did not get expected result for lack of coordination, from the period when I started working here,” he said.
“Infrastructure is a vital component in bringing discipline on roads, in some areas City Corporation is the authority, while in other areas Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) are in control. Traffic system will develop only when the infrastructure is developed.” he added.
“We don’t have any bus bay, we do not have active traffic signal lamp. So, it is not possible to overcome the situation by imposing fine or rack rent. City Corporation should think about infrastructure development. All the stakeholders should come forward. Otherwise it is not possible,” DMP boss said.
“Road accidents have reduced by 95% on Dhaka-Aricha road due to infrastructure development and road engineering,” he said.
“Recalling last year’s movement against indiscipline on roads, he warned “You witnessed a huge public anxiety due to indiscipline in transport sector. When public turns violent, bus owners, laborers and police, no one can escape. So it is high time to bring discipline on roads,” Asaduzzaman said.
“Bus terminals have turned into bus depots whereas bus depots should be located outside the city. Mohakhali bus terminal and Sayedabad bus terminal should be shifted outside the capital.” he said.
Asaduzzaman Mia warned, “No activity by the traffic police will be allowed that seems like harassment.”
“Traffic police should keep away from all kinds of harassment. It is the responsibility of higher authority to look into the matter. We have controlled corruption. If there is something else, that will come under surveillance”
“No vehicle can be taken on rack without any valid reason. If any traffic police does that misusing their power, we will take action against them.”
Khandaker Enayet Ullah, general secretary of the Dhaka Road Transport Owners Association said: “Bus owners became victims of a nuisance due to rack rent. Taking vehicles on rack has become a tool of business. We want to put an end to this business.
“Many bus owners have only one bus, and that is their means of livelihood. But they are paying out a huge amount of money in the name of rack rent.” he said.
Mofiz Uddin Ahmed, Additional Commissioner (traffic) of DMP presided over the discussion.