Dhaka, Jan 12: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Tuesday set 50km per hour as the maximum driving speed during fog to reduce road accidents both national and regional highways, which shaped epidemic recently across the country.
“During dense fog, all vehicles have to travel at a maximum of 50km per hour,” the minister said at a press briefing in the secretariat.
The announcement came after a meeting of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), chaired by Minister Obaidul Quader, held in the ministry.
He said, “Drivers must be extra cautious while driving in foggy conditions and they should follow some safety measures.”
Overtaking, exceeding speed limits, overloading, disregarding traffic rules, engineering faults in road constructions, reckless driving, using headphones while driving and consuming drugs before driving were identified as main reasons for the accidents.
Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan, Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokon, transport owners, leaders and other stakeholders were present during the meeting.
On that very day of the crash, an association of transport passengers revealed a statistics saying that road crashes caused the death of over 8,500 people in 2015 alone.