No auto-rickshaws on highway from today

Staff Correspondent

The ban on the movement of compressed natural gas-fired three wheeler auto-rickshaws on highways comes into effect from this morning.
The road transport and bridges minister, Obaidul Quader, on July 22 announced the ban of the auto-rickshaws on the highways after findings that their growing presence led to recent spate of traffic accidents on highways across the country.
On July 27 the ministry issued a circular slapping the ban.
CNG-run auto-rickshaw owners and workers, however, on Friday urged the government to withdraw the ban and introduce a lane for three wheeler auto-rickshaws on the national highways.
At a press conference at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity, their organisation Bangladesh Auto-Rickshaw and Auto-Tempo Sangram Parishad announced programmes protesting at the ban.
Parishad convener Md Golam Faruque said that at present more than 1.5 lakh auto-rickshaws and auto-tempos were running all over the country and about 10 to 12 lakh families were
dependent on them.
‘We believe, if the government introduces lane system on highways, the accidents will be decreased and order on highways will come back,’ Faruque said.
Parishad will submit a memorandum to the deputy commissioners on August 4, hold human chain at district headquarters on August 8, hold rallies in districts in August 9-11

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