Amid transport workers going on strike in the southwestern region protesting new road laws, Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader says the government will not give in to any kind of pressure and will not back off from enforcing the new Road Transport Act 2018.
“There’s no alternative to the implementation of the law for the sake of discipline and safety on roads. I urge all those concerned not to go for strike,” he told a media call at the ministry on Monday (Nov 18).
The law, which came into effect on Nov 1, is now being enforced at the field level from Sunday (Nov 17), he said before adding that the work to formulate regulations will be completed within a few days.
A gazette was issued on Sunday incorporating the Road Transport Act-2018 into the schedule of the Mobile Court Act-2009, clearing the way for conducting mobile court drives, Quader said.
He reiterated that mobile courts will enforce the law from Monday.
Quader said the traffic department has taken necessary preparations to implement the law and it informed that the required software will be updated soon.
The law has been made stricter but not aimed at punishing people but making roads safer for all by reducing accidents, he added.
The vehicle owners were also brought under the new law, Quader said adding that there are scopes to take action against the accused.