‘Follow traffic laws, save lives’

Awareness rally, discussion on RTA held in Satkhira

With the slogan ‘Follow the traffic rules, use helmets, save lives’, a public awareness rally and discussion on the implementation of the Road Transport Act (RTA), 2018  was held in Satkhira. 

A colorful rally came out from the bus terminal in the district town on Monday morning, organized by the Satkhira District Police. Later, the discussion was held.

Former general secretary of the District Basmalik Samiti Golam Morshed presided over the meeting while Superintendent of Police (SP) in Satkhira Mohammad Mostafizur Rahman spoke there as the chief guest.

Additional Superintendent of Police (Sadar Circle) Mirza Salah Uddin, District Special Branch Inspector Mizanur Rahman, Officer-in-Charge of Sadar Police Station Mostafizur Rahman, Traffic Inspector Kamrul Hassan, convener of District Jubo League, Abdul Habit Abdul Habit Abdul Malik Abdul and others spoke on the occasion.

The speakers urged all to abide by the Road Transport Act, 2018.

More than a year after it was passed into a law, the Road Transport Act, 2018 officially goes into effect on Friday. On October 22, the Road Transport and Highways Division issued a gazette in this regard.

Parliament had passed the law in September last year, replacing the Motor Vehicle Ordinance, 1983.

According to section 105 of the new act, if anybody gets seriously injured or killed in a motor vehicle-related accident, it would be considered an offence under the relevant sections of the Penal Code-1860.

However, no matter what section 304(B) of the Penal Code contains, if anybody causes accident by reckless and negligent driving, and kills or injures someone severely, the person will face a maximum sentence of five years in jail or fine or both, reads section 105 of the RTA. The offences that fall under section 105 are not bailable.

The maximum punishment under section 302 of the Penal Code is death penalty while it is life imprisonment under section 304(B).

The law also hands hefty fines for violation of traffic rules.