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Pay Tk 50 lakh in compensation to Rajib’s family: HC

Court asks for dope, eye tests of drivers before issuance of licence
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

The High Court (HC) yesterday ordered two bus companies to pay Tk 50 lakh in compensation to the family of Rajib Hossain, a deceased student of Govt Titumir College. Rajib lost his right arm after he was trapped between two buses in the capital’s Banglamotor area on April 4 last year.

He succumbed to his injuries on April 17 that year.

A bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam ordered owners of the two buses -- 'Sajan Paribahan'and state-run Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC)-- to pay the money. Sajan Paribahan authorities will have to pay Tk 25 lakh while the BRTC will pay the rest, the court said.

The HC also issued a set of directives for the authorities concerned to bring back discipline on the road and reducing road accidents across the country. During the deliberation of the verdict, the HC ordered steps for dope and eye-vision tests of drivers before giving them licenses to run vehicles.

It directed the authorities concerned to set up CCTV cameras at important places across the country to monitor

whether the bus drivers are driving recklessly or not. It also asked the government to make Road Transport Act-2018 effective in six months to curb reckless driving and road accidents in the country.

The HC bench said that doors of the public buses must remain closed while on the move and can be opened only at stoppages for the passengers. The court observed that no vehicles except ambulances and fire service can blow horn in residential and restricted areas and in areas where schools, hospitals are located.

The HC bench also said that the government must start franchise system for the public busses and all public vehicles must be brought under a company before issuance of road permits to maintain the discipline on the streets.   The HC bench came up with the directives after disposing of a rule issued by it asking compensation of Tk 1 crore to the victim’s family.

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