Country’s half of the drivers have no license: Quader
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said, the number of licensed drivers is half than the registered automobiles in the country.
On Tuesday in the parliament while replying to a star marked question of treasury bench member M Abdul Latif he said, the number of total registered vehicles in the country is 34 lakh 98 thousand 620 including 22 lakh 6 thousand 155 motorcycles and the number of drivers who obtained driving licenses is 18 lakh 69 thousand 816.
Obaidul Quader said, necessary skilled drivers are not being created as there is no adequate number of training schools or instructors. With this aim BRTA periodically is offering registration for driving instructors and driving training schools. 123 driving schools were registered and 179 people were given driving instructor licenses till June 30.
In response to a supplementary question of Jatiya Party parliamentarian Selim Uddin he said, road accident does not happen only for roads. Engineering is also a matter of consciousness for roads. Not only the reckless drivers or roads are responsible. Reckless passersby are also responsible for accidents.
He said, according to police and newspaper reports total 84 people were killed in accidents during Eid. But an organization named Janakalyan Samity gave a statistics that total 339 people were killed in road accidents-which is imaginary.
Mentioning his personal experience the minister said, I was coming by road sometimes earlier. I saw in two points that a group of youths suddenly came on the road. If anybody crushed under car then who would be responsible? Also saw a girl crossing road talking over mobile phone. I had to stop the car. If moving car crushed her then who would be responsible?