BILIA Conference on ‘Transport, Law and Policy’
Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs (BILIA) organised a day-long conference on "Transport, Law and Policy", on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the BILIA Auditorium. It was overwhelmed with participants from different sectors.
The Conference started with the welcome address by Dr. Shahdeen Malik, Honorary Director, BILIA.Mr. Malik, in his introductory remarks stressed, traffic and transportation problems are the most discussed and challenging matter in the present decade around the Country. He pointed out the estimated number of deaths caused by road accidents by quoting some of the reports covered by leading national dailies. He also said that these reports basically focused on the numbers of the on-spot death cases, whereas, the cases of serious injury and resulting deaths of the victims thereby remained mostly unreported.
The conference was divided into two working sessions.
The first working session was presided over by Professor Dr. Md. Mizanur Rahman, Transportation and Traffic System Expert and Director, Accident Research Institute, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Mr. Md. Atiqul Islam, DIG, Highway Police, Ms. Aninun Nahar Siddiqua Lipi, Advocate, Bangladesh Supreme Court and Penal Lawyer, BLAST and Kazi Md. Shifun Newaz, Assistant Professor, Accident Research Institute, BUET were the designated discussants in the session.
Ms. Anjelika Hasan, Assistant Professor, Law at Green University of Bangladesh presented the first paper of this session titled, "Reckless Driving in Violating the Traffic Rules and Its Impact on Road Accidents in Bangladesh: A Challenging Issue to Life Safety". The second paper of this session titled, "Women Safety in Moving Transport, an Urge of Time: Special Consideration to the Concept of Zero FIR, Addressing the Jurisprudential Gaps in Our Criminal Justice System" was presented by Ms. Tanzima Akter Sumi, Lecturer of Law, BUBT; Ms. Falguni Mozammel, Assistant Professor, BUBT co-authored the paper.
Followed, Barrister Nahian Nabila Hoque, Associate of Legal Counsel and Adjunct Faculty of British School of Law, presented her paper titled, "Policy Response to Road Transportation in Bangladesh". The first session was concluded with the presentation of "Sarak Paribahan Ain-2018: Can the Act Ensure Road Safety?" which was co-authored by Mr. Nasir, Apprentice, The justice Hub along with Advocate Amir Khasru, Associate, the Justice Hub.
The designated discussants, DIG of Bangladesh Police, focused on the realistic limits of our country and encouraged the researchers to bring out the problems into the light which are unfortunately always behind the scenes. In his concluding remarks Mr. Rahman, as the Chair of the first session observed that public awareness, proper planning and implementation and overall co-operation are the solution to the problems of transportation system.
In the second working session, three papers were presented. This session was presided over by Kazi Habibul Awal, Former Senior Secretary of Government of Bangladesh. Dr. S.M. Masum Billah, Associate Professor of Law at Jagannath University, Mr. Mozammel Hoque Chowdhury, Secretary General, Bangladesh Passengers Welfare Association, and Mr. Shahrior Pervaz, Lecturer at Accident Research Institute, BUET, were the designated discussants for this session.
Mr. Md. Moniruzzaman, Lecturer, Primeasia University of the paper titled, "Analyzing Tort and Criminal Liability in Road Accidents under the Road Transport Act- 2018". This paper was co-authored by Mr. Iftekhar Shahriar, Assistant Judge, Gazipur Judge Court. The second paper of this session titled, "The Compensation Framework for Victims of Road Accidents: An Appraisal" was presented by Mr. Taqbir Huda, Research Specialist, BLAST. Ms. Tasmiah Nuhiya Ahmed, Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh and Research Assistant (Law) presented the last paper titled, "Comparing the Road Transport Law of Bangladesh with Other Countries".
After that, the designated discussants made their thoughtful views over the papers presented in this session. Mr. Billah has suggested "Remedial Justice System" in this regard while the other discussant Mr. Parvez stressed implementation of traffic laws as the most important way-out.
The Conference concluded with the remarks of the Chair of the second session, Mr. Awal. He invoked for holding more discussions and ample research on this matter.
The event covered by Sumaiya Sarwat, Research Assistant, Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs (BILIA).