Dhaka, Bangladesh
Unfit human haulers deriven by unskilled drivers

Unfit human haulers deriven by unskilled drivers

Our Correspondent GAZIPUR, July 21: Unfit human haulers driven by unlicensed drivers are increasing risk of accidents within some areas along Dhaka-Mymensingh highway. Besides, in most cases, teenagers are driving the human haulers only for earning money, locals informed, urging the government to take measures to stop such accidents caused by the unfit human haulers. Deputy Commissioner Dr Dewan Mohammad Humayun Kabir said stern action will be taken against the unskilled drivers to reduce accident on the highway. According to sources, on July 5, at Ansar road of the district two human haulers killed passengers. Earlier, on February 2, last year, at least two passengers were killed in a collision between two human haulers at Bhogra area of Gazipur. Three students of Rajendrapur Iqbal Siddique College were killed in a head-on collision between a covered van and a human hauler on August 8, 2018. After the accident, district administration started drive against human haulers but it continued only for a limited period and as such danger of such situation surfaced again after few days. Earlier, in May 26, 2017, at least seven people including police were killed at Porabari area while they were going to Gazipur Court boarding a human hauler, local sources informed. Despite such situation prevalent in the road, the absence of steps taken by the authorities concernedm, occasional accidents are increasing day by day in that part of the highway due to illegal operation of transports. Transport sources said, 150 human haulers ply on 30-kilometre road from Gazipur to Mawna Chourasta, 70 from Gazipur to Masterbari and 50 from Gazipur to Bangla Bazaar. Besides, more than 100 of the vehicles ply from Mawna Chourasta to Square Masterbari road. Most of the drivers and helpers of the human haulers are teenagers whom the owners employed to save money. Those e transports are carrying passengers on the highway managing the highway police. According to Mawna Highway Police, more than 50 people were killed and more than 100 people injured in 40 human hauler accidents on 30-km of Dhaka-Mymensingh highway. The teenagers are driving the human haulers only for earning money. Iqbal Siddiqi, Director of Kochi Kacha Academy and Principal of Gazipur Iqbal Siddiqi College, said with astonishment that the less aged child like boys are driving the human haulers. He urged the government to stop accidents caused by the unfit human haulers. Assistant Superintendent of Gazipur Highway Police Badrul Alam said, "We have already taken action against the unlicensed human haulers and their unlicensed drivers. The drive was intensified considering the accidents." Assistant Inspector of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation in Gazipur Enayet Hossain said, "Most of the human haulers are illegal and their drivers have no licence. We are taking steps to launch drive against the illegal vehicles." Despite assurance of the District authorities stern action no such actions have been taken against the unskilled drivers or the owners to reduce accident on the highway.

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