Public transport resumes today after 21 days

Public transport resumes today (Thursday), 21 days after the government imposed strict restrictions as Covid protocols.

The information was disseminated in a press release signed by Dhaka Road Transport Owners Association office secretary Samdani Khandaker on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the government has decided to resume public transport services within districts from today, on condition of maintaining proper Covid-19 health safety guidelines.

The Cabinet Division issued a gazette notification in this regard today.

No inter-district transport services will be allowed while launch and train services will remain suspended as per the previous restrictions, added the notification.  

In this regard, Khandaker Enayet Ullah, general secretary of Dhaka Road Transport Owners Association, said that as per the decision of the government, public transport will run in all cities including Dhaka from today in compliance with the health rules.

Leaders of all route owners' associations or transport companies have been instructed to follow the guidelines of the government while operating public transport in the capital.

The instructions state that no passenger can be picked up in the bus without a mask and the owner of the bus is responsible for providing the staff with the mask. The bus has to carry half of the seats i.e. one passenger will sit in two seats.

Owners and workers are leading difficult lives in the lockdown. In this case, the route owner will not collect any money from the vehicle as commission of the association or the transport company.

The leaders of the concerned Route Owners Association or the transport company have been instructed to follow these rules and follow the hygiene rules.

Meanwhile, before Eid-ul-Fitr, the Cabinet Division has also issued a notification extending the existing restrictions. The restrictions have been extended from May 5 to May 16 in a circular issued on Wednesday.