Stolen cars ‘are not identified’, even with numerical numbers

According to the annual report of the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) for the financial year 2021-22, the number plates they issue to motor vehicles have retro-reflective number plates and radio frequency identification tags ( RFID). RFID is a state-of-the-art windshield sticker, which is self-adhesive inside the automobile windshield. This tag is used to bring discipline in the management of motor vehicles. By this means, the location of the vehicle can be known and tags attached to one vehicle cannot be used on another vehicle.

For digital number plates, three-wheelers including motorbikes must pay Tk 2,260 and four-wheelers must pay Tk 4,628. But motor vehicle owners said nothing was being done to prevent motor vehicle theft, identify vehicles used in crime and identify traffic offenders. The victims complained that road transport authorities deceived them in the name of the service by taking money from them.

Drinja Chambugong, a private employee, told the Bangla Tribune: “My new motorbike bought for 2 lakh 26,000 takas was stolen from the garage of my house in Mohammadpur in August last year. I filed a complaint at Mohammadpur police station mentioning the digital number. But he could neither recover nor identify its location. He said, “The number plate given to us for 3,000 takas did nothing to save the car.

Last year, a private car belonging to Feroz Al Mamun, a private employee, was stolen in the residential area of ​​Bashundhara. He filed a complaint at the Bhatara police station to get the car back. He said: ‘The police were unable to give me any information on the location of the car after it was lost. Later, however, the car was found, not by tracking, but by the suspicious behavior of the thieves.

The persons concerned stated that the tag contains the registration number, the chassis number and the type-related code of the respective motor vehicle, so when a motor vehicle with this tag passes an RFID station, the antenna located at the station or another device located at the signal level the station sends this code to the RFID reader and the reader sends it via network connectivity. Send to a central server. All information, including the location of the respective motor vehicle, is visible from the control room.

Retroreflective license plates are introduced in motor vehicles to prevent false license plates, and motor vehicle theft and identify motor vehicles involved in crime. At the same time, the program for adding radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to vehicles with vehicle tracking, vehicle movement monitoring, and prevention of vehicle tax evasion and various facilities was launched. On October 31, 2012, the retro-reflective license plate and radio frequency identification tag program was launched on motor vehicles. Meanwhile, 12 Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) stations have been installed in Dhaka.

It is reported that 5 lakh 16 thousand 36 sets of retro-reflective license plates were prepared and 4 lakh 89 thousand 322 sets were added to motor vehicles in the fiscal year 2021-22. Previously, the organization prepared 4 lakh 74,000 in the fiscal year 2017-18, 5 lakh 17,000 in the fiscal year 2018-19, and 4 lakh 17,000 in the fiscal year 2019-20 and 2020-21.

In this regard, Abu Raihan, Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Traffic Police Northern Division, said, “No device was provided to us by BRTA to identify the location of motor vehicles. We only use podge machines in filing records.

Public transport and BUET expert Shamsul Alam said, “There is no manpower to manage the data from the RFID tower. Who will see the data that will come? This technology has been used for a long time in the developed world. He further stated, “Not providing the promised service is fraud. The government is only doing project after project. No one cares why the previous project was not implemented. It is a failure of political leadership.

BRTA spokesman Mahbube Rabbani said: “There was no promise of such a service.” He was later made aware of the matter when the BRTA report for the 2021-22 financial year was sent to his WhatsApp number. But later he declined to comment on the matter.

BRTA Chairman Noor Mohammad Majumdar’s mobile number was called several times to inquire about the matter but he did not receive it. Road Transport and Highways Department Secretary ABM Amin Ullah Noori said: “This technology is not being used at all. This technology is used in particular in the field of toll collection. We’ll figure out the rest.

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