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Vehicle drivers pledge for safe driving

DHAKA, Dec 09, 2015 (BSS)- Around 120 professional vehicle drivers took pledge for safe driving at an event organised in the capital today.

Non-governmental organisation BRAC and North Mohammadpur Bus-Minibus Owners Association organised the event as a part of BRAC's two-month road safety campaign at the community level.

Chaired by BRAC Advocacy for Social Change programme manager Sheikh Mojibul Huq, the event was attended by Engineer Shahidul Azam, assistant director of Bangladesh Road and Transport Authority, traffic inspector Md Abul Hossain, traffic sergeant Md Tajidul Islam Taj, principal of Badshah Faisal Institute Md Sirajul Islam and transport workers leaders and senior driver Md Siddiqur Rahman.

BRTA official Shahidul Azam described the process and complexities around obtaining driving licence.

He also answered the drivers' questions regarding harassment they often face in obtaining licence from BRTA, admitting that a few number of officials at his department are indulgent in corrupt practices. He also informed the audience that by January 2016 BRTA will start issuing technologically better driving licences.

Traffic inspector Md Abul Hossain took an interactive session on vehicle fitness and traffic signals.

Traffic sergeant Md Tajidul Islam Taj stressed strengthened coordination among BRTA, WASA, city corporations, city engineering department, traffic police, drivers and other transport workers, vehicle owners and other road users for ensuring safety on road. The speakers also emphasised a stronger role of the media in raising awareness in road safety is also vital, he said.

The speakers said there are 20 lakh motor vehicles in the country, while the number of drivers is only 9 (nine) lakh.

To reduce the gap more and more programmes should be undertaken to produce properly trained and qualified motor vehicle drivers, they observed.

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