Advertising will be removed from the bus windows in seven days: BRTA

Advertising will be removed from the bus windows in seven days: BRTA

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.

Drive against old cars & vehicles

DRIVE against cars & vehicles which are old and in dilapidated condition has been launched in the capital from the New Year’s Day as many of them though don’t have any fitness certificates used to ply freely on the city roads creating much inconvenience to the traveling people and polluting the environment. As many as eight thousand motor vehicles of different categories would be restricted following implementation of the government decision putting ban on Ping of above 20- years-old buses, mini-buses, tempos auto-rickshaws and 25-year-old trucks in the city.
The drive is going to create, no doubt, good impact in the transport system many of the vehicles which are not fit for carrying passengers went off the cit roads yesterday following the drive launched by the police. At least 30 per cent of the total 
cars & vehicles of different types of categories went off the streets apparently giving a much more comfortable look and an eased situation for the city traffic which remained congested earlier. Though the move caused some inconvenience to the traveling people on the first day as many of them had to wait in long queues to catch a bus for returning home after attending the office but they expect that the problem would be resolved by putting in more good and new buses in different city routes.
The police along with the officials of the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), the official body to look after the fitness of the vehicles, started checking the transports from the first day of the New Year in the
city. The drive has been launched following directives from the highest authority of the Awamiligue Government to streamline the transport system and make the city free from pollution as part of its 100-day action plan.
The obvious question arises how all these old cars & vehicles which were not fit could ply on the city roads with ‘fitness” papers. Alleged corruption helped many o the owners get fitness certificates and there had been no checking of the vehicles. Both BRTA and police also must be Strict in discharging their responsibilities reposed on them in this regard. Collective and sincere 
efforts, obviously, of all will help improve the situation and create the condition for comfortable traveling in the city without any pollution and congestion.

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