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Around 100,000 drivers are expected to undergo skill development training in five years

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader told the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) that the government has taken steps to set up rest rooms and parking stations for drivers on four major highways of the country.

The minister was replying to a question made by Jatiya Party (JaPa) lawmaker Md Mujibul Haque at the National Assembly on the government initiatives to reduce road accidents.

“The rest rooms and parking stations will be built in the Nimsar area in Comilla alongside the Dhaka-Chittagong highway, in the Jagadishpur area in Habiganj along the Dhaka-Sylhet highway, in the Pachila area in Sirajganj along the Dhaka-Rangpur highway and in the Laxmikanda area in Magura along the Dhaka-Khulna highway,” Quader said.

He also said as part of training and educating some 100,000 drivers in the next five years, training of 8,000 drivers will be completed by June, 2019, and training of more 36,000 drivers will be completed by 2022 under the Skills for Employment and Investment Project (SEIP).

Additionally , a Detailed Project Profile (DPP) has been prepared for approval of a new project for developing 300,000 skilled drivers for heavy-duty vehicles by the next five years, the minister added.

Three-wheelers, human haulers, and other non-mechanized vehicles were banned on 22 national highways, he said.

Responding to a supplementary question made by lawmaker Saifuzzaman Shikhor, Quader said: “We (Government) are going to make a policy for the small vehicles like easy-bike, Nasiman and Kariman.”

He also said the small vehicles were largely responsible for accidental deaths and injuries on the nation's highways.

The minister also sought cooperation from all - including drivers and pedestrians alike, to help reduce road accidents.


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