The movement of motorised, machine driven, engine driven, or battery-run rickshaws and vans has been banned in Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), effective from Sunday.
Legal action will be taken if such vehicles are found on the roads in the DSCC area, said DSCC Mayor Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh at an inauguration program for the registration, renewal or change of ownership of rickshaws, vans, handbarrows, and horse carts at Nagar Bhaban premises on Sunday morning.
"Many poets have described Dhaka as a 'city of rickshaws.' It is our tradition, that is why we are re-registering and renewing the slow-moving non-mechanical vehicles," said the DSCC mayor.
Therefore, from now on, non-mechanical vehicles without registration will not be allowed to operate in the city, said Taposh.
He also said, "We will determine which roads will be used by the slow-moving vehicles and which will be used by the fast-moving ones."
"Through this, slow-moving vehicles will be registered and they will have to follow the rules. Our main objective is to bring discipline to the roads," he added.
Asked if the registration of slow-moving vehicles would have a negative impact on traffic congestion, he said, "We are now registering them which means that we are bringing the vehicles under control."
Earlier, the city corporation issued a public notice for the registration or renewal or change of ownership of non-mechanical vehicles in the DSCC.
Further, the public notice stated that motorised, machine driven, engine driven or battery-run rickshaws and vans will not be registered and legal action will be taken against all such illegal vehicles.