Truck owners and workers under the Bangladesh Goods Transport Owners Workers United Association started their work abstention across the country since this morning to press home their seven-point demand, including bringing changes to the Road Transport Act-2018.
Following the indefinite strike, no truck left or entered Dhaka since 6:00am, Tajul Islam, member secretary of the association, told The Daily Star.
Meanwhile, over hundred transport workers took to the street at Teen Rastar Mor in Bosila area of the city’s Mohammadpur since the morning, expressing solidarity with the truck workers and owners.
Around 11:45am, the correspondent found that the workers were obstructing all kinds of vehicles moving towards Bosila. Many passengers were also seen waiting at Mohammadpur bus stand since the morning due to lack of transport.
Leaders of the platform, which represents around 80,000 owners and workers, yesterday said they would not transport any goods, including life-saving medicine and food, until their demands were met.
“The death penalty for truck drivers is an illogical punishment as they provide services to the nation by transporting goods. If the government does not take an initiative to amend the law, we will continue abstaining from work,” Mukbul Ahmad, convener of the association, said at a rally in the city’s Tejgaon Truck Stand yesterday.
Their demands include unconditional release of driver Hasmot Ali, member of Tangail Truck Owners Association, and all staffers arrested in connection with road accident cases; issuing heavy vehicle driving licence to all drivers of heavy vehicles and allowing them to drive trucks with light vehicle driving licence until they are given heavy vehicle driving licence; stopping police harassment; setting up truck terminals and stands at suitable spots with sufficient facilities; returning driving licences to drivers without imposing a fine; and stopping overloading of trucks.