With people reeling from the shock of recent road accidents in the capital, leaders of transport owners and workers yesterday blamed the unhealthy competition among the buses as one of the main reasons behind the accidents in Dhaka.
They said due to the reduction of trips caused by severe traffic congestion in the city, bus owners often rent out their vehicles to the drivers who indulge in reckless driving just to maximise profit by operating as many trips as possible.
They made the observations at a meeting of transport owners and workers at the Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh in the capital to discuss how to bring discipline in transport sector and prevent road accidents.
Dhaka Road Transport Owners' Association (DRTOA), a platform of transport owners, organised the meeting amid recent incidents of road accidents in the capital.
On April 3, Rajib Hossain, a third-year student of Government Titumir College, lost his right hand after it got stuck between two speeding buses trying to overtake each other in the capital's Bangla Motor area.
On Wednesday, a bus smashed the right leg of university student Runi Akhter against the base of a pavement in Farmgate, displacing the shin.
Khandaker Enayetullah, general secretary of DRTOA, said the trend of renting out buses to drivers is on rise, which is a reason for unhealthy competition.
Karam Ali, general secretary of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers' Union, said the drivers indulge in the competition to earn more. Accidents will come down if this type of renting is stopped, he said.
Enayetullah said most drivers of Dhaka city do not have genuine licence while many are addicted to drug. He urged owners not to hire such drivers.
Talking about incidents of rape inside vehicles by drivers and helpers, he said they are for capital punishment for such offenders.