The Motor Vehicles Ordinance, 1983

( Ordinance NO. LV Of 1983 )

An Ordinance to consolidate and amend the law relating to motor vehicles.♣

WHEREAS it is expedient to consolidate and amend the law relating to motor vehicles in Bangladesh;
NOW, THEREFORE, in pursuance of the Proclamation of the 24th March, 1982, and in exercise of all powers enabling him in that behalf, the Chief Martial Law Administrator is pleased to make and promulgate the following Ordinance:-



1. Short title and commencement

2. Definitions

2A. Bangladesh Road Transport Authority

2B. Meetings of the Authority

2C. Appointment of officers

2D. Power to make rules

3. Necessity for driving licence

4. Age limit in connection with driving of motor vehicles

4A. Appointment letter for worker

5. Responsibility of owners of motor vehicles for contraventions of sections 3 and 4

6. Restrictions on the holding of driving licences

7. Grant of driving licence

8. Form and contents of driving licence

9. Addition to driving licence

10. Extent of validity of driving licence

11. Currency of driving licences

12. Renewal of driving licences

13. Revocation of driving licence on grounds of disease or disability

14. Orders refusing or revoking driving licences and appeals therefrom

15. Driving licences to drive motor vehicles, the property of the Defence Services

16. Power of licensing authority to disqualify for holding a driving licence

17. Power of Transport Committee to disqualify

18. Power of Court to disqualify

19. Effect of disqualification order

20. Endorsement

21. Transfer of endorsement and issue of driving licence free from endorsement

22. Power to make [regulations]

23. Necessity for conductor’s licence

24. Grant of conductor’s licence

25. Disqualification for the grant of conductor’s licence

26. Revocation of a conductor’s licence on ground of diseases or disability or misconduct

27. Order refusing, etc., conductor’s licence and appeals therefrom

28. Power of licensing authority and Transport Committee to disqualify

29. Power of the Court to disqualify

30. Certain provisions of Chapter II to apply to conductor’s licence

31. Power to make [regulations]

32. Necessity for registration

33. Registration, where to be made

34. Registration, how to be made

35. Registration of motor vehicles of diplomatic officers, etc.

36. Temporary Registration

37. Production of vehicle at time of registration

38. Refusal of registration

39. Change of residence or place of business

40. Transfer of ownership

41. Special provisions regarding motor vehicles subject to hire-purchase agreement

42. Alteration in motor vehicle

43. Suspension of registration

44. Cancellation of registration

45. Appeals

46.Special requirements for registration of transport vehicle

47. Certificate of fitness of motor vehicle

48.Registration of vehicles, the property of the Defence Services

49. Application of Chapter IV to trailers

50. Power to make [regulations]

51. Necessity for permits

52. Power to the Government to control road transport

53. Power of Government to issue orders and directions

54. Transport Committees

55. Road Transport Advisory Council, etc.

56. [Transport Vehicle] Terminal Authority

57. General provisions as to applications for permits

58. Application for stage carriage permit

59. Procedure of Transport Committee in considering application for stage carriage permit

60. Grant of stage carriage permits

61. Application for contract carriage permit

62. Procedure of Transport Committee in considering application for contract carriage permit

63. Power to restrict the number of contract carriages and impose conditions on contract carriage permits

64. Application for private carriers permit

65. Conditions to be attached and procedure to be followed in granting private carrier’s permit

66. Application for public carrier’s permit

67. Procedure in considering application for public carrier’s permit

68. Conditions to be attached to public carrier’s permit

69. Procedure in applying for and granting permits

70. Duration and renewal of permits

71. General conditions attaching to all permits

72. Cancellation and suspension of permits

73. Transfer of permit on death of holder

74. Temporary permits

75. Validation of permits for use outside region in which granted

76. Appeals

76A. Restriction of hours of work of workers

77. Restriction of hours of work of drivers

78. Voidance of contracts restrictive of liability

79. Agent or canvasser to obtain licence

80. Power to make [regulations] as to stage carriages and contract carriages

81. Power to make [regulations] for the purpose of this Chapter

82. General provision regarding construction and maintenance

83. Vehicles to have right hand control

84. Power to make rules

85. Limits of speed

86. Limits of weight and limitation on use

87. Power to have vehicle weighed

88. Power to restrict the use of vehicle

89. Power to erect traffic signs

90. Parking places and halting stations

91. Main roads

92. Duty to obey traffic signs

93. Signals and signalling devices

94. Vehicle with left hand control

95. Leaving vehicle in dangerous position

96. Riding on running board

97. Restrictions on boarding public service vehicles

98. Obstruction of driver

99. Stationary vehicles

100. Pillion riding

101. Duty to produce licence and certificate of registration, etc.

102. Duty of driver to stop in certain cases

103. Duty of owner of motor vehicle to give information

104. Duty of driver in case of accident and injury to a person

105. Inspection of vehicle involved in accident

106. Power to make rules

107. Power of Government to make rules

108. Definitions

109. Necessity for insurance against third party risk

110. Requirements of policies and limits of liability

111. No fault liability

112. Duty of insurers to satisfy judgements against persons insured in respect of third party risks

113. Rights of third parties against insurers on insolvency of the insured

114. Duty to give information as to insurance

115. Settlement between insurers and insured persons

116. Saving in respect of sections 113, 114 and 115

117. Insolvency of insured persons not to affect liability of insured or claims by third parties

118. Effect of death on certain causes of action

119. Effect of certificate of insurance

120. Transfer of certificate of insurance

121. Duty to surrender certificate on cancellation of policy

122.Duty of insurer to notify registering authority cancellation or suspension of the policy

123.Production of certificate of insurance

124. Production of certificate of insurance on application for authority to use vehicle

125. Co operative insurance

126. Duty to furnish particulars of vehicle involved in accident

127. Claims Tribunals

128. Application for compensation

129. Option regarding claims for compensation cases

130. Procedure to be followed by Claims Tribunal

131. Procedure and powers of Claims Tribunal

132. Award of compensatory costs in certain cases

133. Appeals

134. Recovery of money due under award

135. Bar on the jurisdiction of Civil Courts

136. Power to make [regulations]

137. General provision for punishment of offence

138. Driving without licence

139. Fitting and using of prohibited horns or other sound producing device

140. Disobedience of orders, obstruction and refusal of information

141. Offences relating to licence

142. Driving at excessive speed

143. Driving recklessly or dangerously

144. Driving while under the influence of drink or drug

145. Driving when mentally or physically unfit to drive

146. Punishment for offence relating to accidents

147. Punishment for abetment of certain offences

148. Racing or a trial of speed

149. Using vehicle in unsafe condition

150.Using of motor vehicles emitting smokes.

151. Sale of vehicle in or alteration of vehicle to a condition contravening this Ordinance

152. Using of motor vehicle without registration or certificate of fitness or permit

153. Agents and canvassers without proper authority

154. Driving vehicles exceeding permissible weight

155. Driving uninsured vehicle

156. Taking vehicle without authority

157. Obstruction in public street or public place

158. Unauthorised interference with vehicle

159. Special procedure for trial of offences

160. Power of arrest without warrant

161. Power of police officer to impound document

162.Power to detain vehicles used without certificate of registration or certificate of fitness or permit

163. Power to charge certain offenders on the spot

164.Deprivation of driving licence

165.Summary disposal of cases

166. Cognizance of offences

167. Restriction on conviction

168. Courts to send intimations about conviction

169. Jurisdiction of Courts

170. Compounding of Offences

171. Power to levy fee

172. Power to make [regulations]

173. Publication of and commencement of [regulations]

174. Officers to exercise powers of police officers

175. Any authority by the Government to exercise modified powers

176. Effect of appeal and revision on order passed by original authority

177. Repeal and savings