Covered van owners, workers call indefinite strike from Wednesday over new road transport law

FE ONLINE DESK | Published: November 19, 2019 12:38:24 | Updated: November 19, 2019 18:24:53

Bangladesh Truck Covered-van Goods Transport Owners Workers Unity Council have called a strike across the country for an indefinite period from tomorrow (Wednesday) over the new road transport law.

The strike will start from 6:00 in the morning, local media reported quoting Rustam Ali Khan, convenor of the council, as telling a press briefing in Dhaka city's Tejgaon truck stand today (Tuesday).

The council placed a nine-point demand, including amendment of the law after postponing it.

Though the road transport act came into effect on the first day of this month, the government delayed its implementation for two weeks.

A day after the law started being implemented, transport workers in 11 districts -- one in Rajshahi division and 10 others in Khulna division -- went on an indefinite wildcat strike.

The government introduced the new law in 2018 following a never-seen-before-movement spearheaded by students for safer roads.

The killing of two students in separate bus accidents in Dhaka city triggered the movement.

The new law that replaced the Motor Vehicle Ordinance 1983 has harsher punishments for deaths in road crashes, including a five-year jail term and fine.

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