No fuel for unfit vehicles: HC

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 16:46, Oct 23, 2019 | Updated : 17:04, Oct 23, 2019

A general view of the Supreme Court building of Bangladesh. File Photo/Sazzad HossainThe High Court (HC) ordered authorities concerned to ensure to stop supply of fuel to vehicles without updated fitness certificate.
A High Court division bench comprising Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam passed the order on Wednesday (Oct 23) as Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) filed a report on renewing fitness certificates.
Moin Forazi and Rafiul Islam stood for BRTA, while Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik and Assistant Attorney General Helena Begum China stood argued for the state.
“The court has ordered to stop supply of fuel for all the unfit vehicles plying on the streets,” Advocate Forazi said.
BRTA in its report today said only 89,269 vehicles have renewed their fitness certificates in two-month fixed by the court.
The High Court on Jul 23 ordered owners of unfit vehicles to renew their fitness certificates from Aug 1 to Sept 30.
The High Court on Jun 24 directed BRTA to submit lists of vehicles and drivers, whose fitness certificates and driving licenses haven’t been renewed after those were expired.
Supreme Court lawyer advocate Syed Mamun Mahbub earlier drew court’s attention towards a report of an English daily about the free movement of unfit vehicles.
The court on Mar 27 issued a rule in this regard and had asked BRTA director to appear before it on Jul 23 and gave explanation.
Following that order the BRTA director appeared before it and also two reports, one from BRTA and another from police, were submitted.
The court on Jun 24 also asked BRTA to let court know in a month the steps they have taken so far against unfit vehicles and date-expired license holders.