Discipline to be brought on roads soon: DMP chief

DHAKA Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Md

Shafiqul Islam today said discipline will soon be brought on the country's

roads as the new Road Transport Act-2018 came into effect.

The punishment of offenders has increased in the new law. That's why the

fear of being penalised and stricter rules would improve discipline on the

roads and people will develop the tendency of abiding by the law, he told a

press conference on the Road Transport Act-2018 at DMP media centre here.

Like the developed countries, a system has been introduced in the country

for cutting points against the traffic rule violators, the DMP chief said the

enforcement of the new law will fully begin from next week.

Shafiqul said if someone violates the new law for the first time, the

violator will be penalised a little amount and a leaflet will be given to him

or her, cautioning that if he or she commits the same offense again,

punishment will be taken as per the new law.

He said the traffic rules violators will be made aware of the fines and

punishment under the law during the first seven days since it was enforced on

November 1. No fines will be imposed against traffic rule violators during

this period, he added.

Replying to a question, the DMP commissioner warned that if any traffic

sergeant or officer does not file cases against violators by taking illegal

benefits and he or she is found guilty, action will be taken against him or

her.

Stating that cameras will be distributed among traffic sergeants, Shafiqul

said if an allegation of taking illegal benefits is raised against any

sergeant and the camera is found shut during the incident, the authorities

concerned will consider that the camera was closed for being involved in

illegal works, and action will be taken against him or her.

DMP additional commissioners Md Monirul Islam, Krishna Pada Roy, M Abdul

Baten and Md Mofizul Islam, among others, were present at the press

conference.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)