Public interest should get more preference
In recent days, transport owners in Bangladesh are continuously rejecting government orders and doing whatever they wish to do.
In the last three days around 50 per cent of busses and minibuses were not in the street. It created severe public suffering in the street. According to the Motor Vehicle Ordinance-1983 bus owners cannot do so.
The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and the transport owners announced that in the name of "seating service" no public transport can operate from Sunday.
It was a nice decision by government because such special services are illegal and they charge a high rate from the passengers. BRTA operated a mobile court to take action against these seating services.
Unfortunately, majority bus owners discarded the verdict and kept their buses in the garage to create a crisis. People suffered immensely due to the artificial transport crisis created by the transport owners.
But the responsible authorities did not take any legal action against them. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader stated, "Transport owners are not ordinary people. They are very influential'. That means the owners have become more powerful than the state's institutions.
Finally, the BRTA on Wednesday gave in to pressure from transport owners and decided to suspend for 15 days its drive against "seating" bus services in the capital. It means transport owners are more powerful than responsible authority? They have forced authority to change the rules and abide their unlawful demands.
Civilians are becoming puppet of transport owner's hand and if it continues hopefully they have to suffer more than ever in coming days. The responsible law enforcement authority should not guided by unrealistic demand. Public interest should get more preference then any profit making groups and government should act to save public interest.