Registration of most DNCC vehicles, certificate of aptitude obsolete

Registration and fitness certificates of most Dhaka North City Corporation vehicles have not been updated, according to an investigative body formed to investigate a fatal accident involving a DNCC garbage truck .

A three-member committee of inquiry formed the same day to ensure a proper investigation into the matter, UNB reports.

The committee headed by Commodore SM Sharif-ul-Islam, Dhaka North Waste Management Officer, included Supervising Engineer (Mechanical) Abul Hasnat Md Ashraful Alam and General Manager (Transport) Md Mizanur Rahman.

In November last year, 46-year-old ‘Daily Shangbad’ journalist Ahsan Kabir was traveling to his workplace in Mirpur from Moghbazar on a carpool motorbike.

When the bike reached the Panthapath area around 2:30 p.m., it fell off the bike after being hit by a DNCC garbage truck. Later, Ahsan was taken to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

According to the investigation report, the driver Md Hanif can be held responsible for the accident because he did not notice the motorcycle and lost control of the steering wheel.

Moreover, he did not have a license to drive a heavy vehicle. The motorcyclist can also be condemned at the same time since the passenger fell from the vehicle following the loss of control of it.

The investigation report says the incident could not be determined explicitly due to the lack of clear CCTV footage or eyewitnesses present at the crash site. The report also states that the vehicle involved in the accident had no registration or certificate of fitness.

According to data from the Ministry of Transport, Mechanical Circles and Waste Management, most vehicles in Dhaka North have not updated their registration and fitness certificates.

The DNCC also does not have the required number of drivers compared to their total number of vehicles, while most driving licenses have not been updated.

The investigative body made several recommendations, including that of taking responsibility for the families of the victims.

Other recommendations are- Installation of dash cams and Vehicle Tracking Systems (VTS) on all DNCC vehicles, management of vehicles and drivers through one department (transportation pool ), the organization of regular training sessions on road safety laws and regulations, the updating of vehicles, the registration, the aptitude and the registration of drivers, the recruitment of new drivers in proportion to the number of vehicles, the provision of at least one second licensed seat for a heavy vehicle with the required number of assistants. Municipal company garbage trucks can drive on evening roads until 7 a.m.

Several activities were carried out by Dhaka North City Corporation including the training of light drivers with heavy licenses after the incident.

Dhaka North City Corporation has already taken responsibility for the victim’s family.

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