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Navigation device mandatory in vehicles in Bangladesh

Bangladesh: The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) made GPS device mandatory for all motor vehicles as part of an initiative to prevent carjacking and ensure road safety. “It is yet to be decided from when the decision will be enforced and which companies would be allowed to operate and monitor the system. The BRTA would make it public through a circular,” said Home Secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikder.

Sikder said installation of GPS devices would cost BDT 10,000 to 12,000 (BDT: Bangladeshi Taka) in one vehicle and the user will have to pay BDT 300 to 500 per month to the GPS service provider. “All trucks, covered vans, private cars and CNG-run auto-rickshaws must have GPS units for knowing their locations while plying,” the home secretary added. He explained, “GPS is almost a new technology for the country and before enforcing the decision of enforcing it, measures would be taken to check its negative impacts.”

However, a number of vehicle owners, however, opposed the government decision. One of the car users alleged that the decision of introducing GPS in vehicles might be the brain child of a sector of businessmen and some high-ups of the government, who want to earn brisk profit from the technology.

According to BRTA, there are 1504897 registered vehicles in the country as of February 22, 2011.

Source: The Daily Star