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THE MOTOR VEHICLES ORDINANCE, 1983

(ORDINANCE NO. LV OF 1983).
  Part No : Chapter No : Section No: [ 22nd September, 1983  
  
     An Ordinance to consolidate and amend the law relating to motor vehicles. 1
 
    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:-
 
CONTENTS
 
SECTIONS
 
CHAPTER I
PRELIMINARY
1. Short title and commencement
2. Definitions
2CHAPTER IA
BANGLADESH ROAD TRANSPORT AUTHORITY
2A. Bangladesh Road Transport Authority
2B. Meetings of the Authority
2C. Appointment of officers
2D. Power to make rules
CHAPTER II
LICENSING OF DRIVERS OF MOTOR VEHICLES
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]
CHAPTER III
LICENSING OF CONDUCTORS OF STAGE CARRIAGE OR CONTRACT CARRIAGE
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]
CHAPTER IV
REGISTRATION OF MOTOR VEHICLES
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]
CHAPTER V
CONTROL OF TRANSPORT VEHICLES
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
CHAPTER VI
CONSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF MOTOR VEHICLES
82. General provision regarding construction and maintenance
83. Vehicles to have right hand control
84. Power to make rules
CHAPTER VII
CONTROL OF TRAFFIC
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
CHAPTER VIII
MOTOR VEHICLES TEMPORARILY LEAVING OR VISITING BANGLADESH
107. Power of Government to make rules
CHAPTER IX
INSURANCE OF MOTOR VEHICLES AGAINST THIRD PARTY RISKS
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]
CHAPTER X
OFFENCES, PENALTIES AND PROCEDURE
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]
CHAPTER XI
MISCELLANEOUS
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
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