Dhaka Evening News

BRTA Bill placed in Parliament

A bill titled Bangladesh Road Transport Authority Bill, 2017 was placed in Parliament on Monday to further develop the country’s road transport system and make it more efficient.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader placed the Bill in the House and it was sent to the parliamentary standing committee concerned for further examination. The committee was asked to submit its report within two weeks.

The legal base of the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority is not so strong since the road transport-related activities are currently being operated in line with the Motor Vehicles Ordinance, 1983.

The proposed law comprises of 28 sections, 72 subsections, formation of the Authority, formation of the Advisory Council under it, its functions, goals, objectives, authority for forming different committees, budget, accounts and audit.

Besides, a provision has been kept for setting up a company under the law in future. The main objective of the law is to make the country’s road transport system more planned, technology-based, sustainable, environment-friendly and skilled.

The Road Transport Minister will be the head of the Advisory Council while the BRTA chairman will act as the chairman of the Board of Directors for overseeing the operations and there will be a management committee headed by the chairman.

The advisory committee will give guidelines to the authority from time to time. It will consist of representatives of the transport sector, mayors, secretaries of the ministries concerned, IGP, Chief Engineer of the Roads and Highways Department, Executive Chairman of the Dhaka Transport Coordination Board and representatives of the transport owners and workers.

The management committee will have a number of full-time and part-time directors.

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