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Unfit for the road

  • Published at 03:53 pm July 24th, 2019
Photo: MEHEDI HASAN
Photo: MEHEDI HASAN

This is an alarming state of affairs for which the BRTA must be held accountable

Despite how consistently traffic-related accidents continue to take lives, it is unacceptable that there is still little to no change in the way vehicles continue to function on our streets. 

Why is it that, even now, there are almost half a million vehicles on the streets which continue to run without fitness certificates, putting the lives of millions more at risk as a result?

This is an alarming state of affairs for which the BRTA must be held accountable, who have failed to rein in these unfit vehicles, instead, letting them run amok amongst an already uncontrollable and overburdened road network. 

The fact that most of these unfit vehicles are buses and legunas -- no surprises there -- should only make it easier for the authorities to pick them up and put them out of commission but, unfortunately, such actions have yet to see the light of day. 

In the first five months of this year alone, almost 2,000 people were killed in road accidents, which included 312 children -- in such a scenario, we cannot help but wonder how such negligence has persisted, and why the authorities have yet to take strict action against everyone and every organization which continues to flout traffic rules, and refuses to fix their unsafe vehicles. 

With the current untenable traffic situation, improving the state of our vehicles and, subsequently, our traffic situation, should be a topmost priority for the authorities, especially in the light of the recent nationwide protests we have seen regarding road safety.

How many more lives must we lose before the authorities wake up? 

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