Motorcycles on highways face few police checks
A representative image. – New Age stock photo
Dozens of motorbikes were seen cruising the highways and inter-district roads unchecked on Friday, despite the government imposing restrictions on the movement of vehicles during Eid, making it compulsory for police to pass their vehicles. traffic on highways and inter-district roads.
The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation operated a ferry service on the Shimulia-Majhirkandi route for transporting motorbikes leaving the capital and neighboring areas.
Meanwhile, many rundown buses and vans roamed the highways, charging excessive fares in the absence of ride-sharing motorcycles.
The government on Sunday banned motorbikes from highways and inter-district roads across the country between July 7 and July 13 to limit traffic accidents during Eid-ul-Azha.
Police introduced motorcycle passes, which are issued on reasonable grounds, on Thursday and said they would check all motorcycles intending to use motorways and long distances.
However, many motorcycles were seen on the highways on Friday without facing any police checks.
On Friday, a private job holder named Al-Amin traveled to Cumilla from Dhaka on the Dhaka-Chatogram highway.
He said the number of motorbikes on the highway was lower compared to the previous Eid trip, but those vehicles were barely checked by the police.
Al-Amin said there were huge traffic jams on the highway and thousands of passengers were seen waiting for buses as ride-sharing motorcycles were banned during Eid.
A ferry made several trips on the Shimulia-Majirkandi route on Friday to carry motorcycles, BIWTC (Commercial) Manager Faisal Ahmed said.
New Age correspondent Munshiganj reported that most of the motorbikes on the road were carrying family members.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s additional traffic commissioner, Munibur Rahman, said a few motorbikes were on the highways and carpools were completely banned.
He said many people waited for buses for hours and traveled distances because the ride-sharing motorcycles weren’t working.
People were helpless as police turned a blind eye to the situation, passengers said.