Dhaka, Nov 19 (BAN/ AD): In protest against new transport law truck owners and workers have decided to go on indefinite strike from Wednesday. As per new transport law there are harsher punishment for traffic offences. During news briefing on Tuesday strike was announced. Transport workers blocked an important highway for two hours on Tuesday.
Md Rustam Ali Khan convenor of the group said “We’ll go on strike indefinitely from tomorrow morning.” He also added “We’re not rejecting the law. We want changes to some sections of the law.”
Transport operators have made a nine-point demand, including an amendment to the Road Transport Act, passed in 2018.
As per new law there is provision for a five-year jail term and a fine as punitive measures for deaths in road crashes. In a view to curb road accidents in Dhaka new law was introduced.
On Nov 1 2019 new law was published as a gazette and has been opposed by transport owners and workers since then. On Monday, Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader said the government will go ahead with implementing the new transport law despite all difficulties.