Govt's new decision allows full seating in public transport
Own Correspondent, Dhaka, January 14: The government recently announced that public transport to be run with half of their seating capacity to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Backing away from that decision, the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) said as per the new directive public transport can be run with full seating capacity. But, everyone has to follow the hygiene and Covid protocol.
Khandaker Enayet Ullah, general secretary of the Road Transport Owners Association, said on Thursday (January 13) that BRTA chairman Nur Mohammad Majumder had told him that from Saturday, public transport could be run with full seating capacity, as the earlier order of running public transport with half seating capacity was creating a transport crisis. In this case, passengers and transport driver-helpers have to follow strict hygiene rules.
Khandaker Enayet Ullah said, "We have conveyed this message of BRTA to all transport owners. Strict action will be taken against those who do not follow the guidelines of the government. We have requested the police administration on the road to look into the matter. Our helpers and drivers are being trained on this."
On January 10, the government imposed 11-point restrictions to prevent the spread of Corona. The 11-point restriction states that trains, buses and launches will run with half of their seating capacity. All vehicle drivers and assistants must have Covid-19 vaccination certificate. It further said that the public must wear a mask when going out. Mobile courts will be conducted across the country to ensure hygiene and Covid protocol.