Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has decided to remove the advertisement from the collected public transport windows. This decision is taken in view of the safety of women passengers.
Three transport companies today pledged to the BRTA to remove ads from the bus windows for the safety of female passengers.
On Monday, the Prothom Alo was published online, under the heading ‘ Public Transport for Advertising, Safety of Women at Risk ‘. It is said that there is some mass transit in the capital, all of which is wrapped up in advertising. Public transport doors and windows are completely covered in advertising. There is no way to see the inside or the outside. Women rights activists, including the police, have said that such transportation poses a risk to women. If a woman is sexually harassed or raped inside public transport, no one will understand from outside or the woman will not be able to help anyone.
BRTA investigated the matter. According to the investigation, it was decided to remove all advertisements from the bus windows. BRTA today held a meeting with Green Dhaka, Century Transport and Dhaka Wheel Bus Owners. According to the decision, the owners of three transport companies have asked to remove the advertisement from the bus windows within the next seven days. The BRTA said their mobile court will look into the matter.
In addition, a news release said that the BRTA has also fined the three bus companies Rs 10,000 for violating the new Roads Act-2018 by wrapping ads on the bus.