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Battery-run rickshaw drivers demand licenses from BRTA

Published : Tuesday, 21 May, 2024 at 9:20 PM  Count : 480

Battery-run rickshaw drivers demand licenses from BRTA

Battery-run rickshaw drivers demand licenses from BRTA


The Rickshaw Van Easybike Sramik Union on Tuesday raised a four-point demands, including issuance of licenses for battery-run rickshaws and drivers by the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA).

The leaders of the organisation made the demands in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Tuesday from a victory march and rally organised by the organization.
The speakers at the rally said the rickshaw is an eco-friendly vehicle without biofuel. This rickshaw is the only means of survival for 50 lakh poor families in Bangladesh. A rickshaw is not a private vehicle. It is a part of public transport.

On May 15, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader made a verbal announcement to stop plying of battery-run vehicles in Dhaka city in a post-meeting briefing in the presence of two city mayors. Then from May 16, rickshaws and batteries were seized by the police at different areas in the Dhaka city including Jatrabari, Badda, Hazaribagh,Kamrangirchar,Lalbagh,Khilgaon,Mohammadpur and Pallabi areas. Police extortion has also increased after the announcement of the minister.

On Monday, the prime minister ordered the withdrawal of the ban on battery-run rickshaws.

The leaders said, "We hope that the administration will take effective decisions to alleviate the current plight of the working people of Bangladesh. In the critical state of the country's economy, extortionists and corrupted officials who extort money are making the lives of poor common people more miserable. In such a situation there is no alternative to issue licenses for such vehicles by BRTA to ensure the livelihood security of the workers concerned with battery-run vehicles."

At the same time, steps must be taken to ensure that no unscrupulous gang can extort money from the workers by card, token or in any other way, they said.

"We want to protect our livelihood with a valid license from the government. Besides, we want to play an important role in the economy of Bangladesh by providing revenue to the government."

When the entire world is moving towards electric vehicles, Bangladesh should also move in that direction, they said.

END/SZA

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