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Jail time for occupying women’s seat on public transport

MNA National Desk: The government will fine and jail passengers who wrongly occupy seats reserved for women, children, elderly and handicapped people on public transport.

The Cabinet approved a draft of the ‘Road Transport Act-2017’ prepared by the Road Transport and Highways Division on Monday.

“No passenger can sit in these seats and they cannot be permitted to. Transgressors will be jailed for a month or fined Tk 5,000 or both,” said Cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam.

The draft also stated harsher punishments, including 6 months’ jail or Tk 50,000 fine or both for driving any vehicle without having any driving licence.

Shafiul Alam said for using any cell-phone while driving a vehicle the punishment will be maximum one month’s jail or Tk 5,000 fine.

As per the proposed law, the punishment for reckless or harsh driving, engaging in race and thus committing any accident will be maximum 3 years’ jail or Tk 25 lakh fine or both.

The Cabinet Secretary also said the punishment for driving vehicle without fitness certificate will be maximum one year’s jail or Tk one lakh fine or both.

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