Health Desk- 07 February, 2020: Ambulances carrying patients will not have to pay toll on roads, ferries, and bridges under the Roads and Highways Department from March 1 this year.
Road Transport and Bridges Ministry on Thursday issued a circular in this regard, Nazrul Islam, secretary to the road transport and highway division (RTHD) told the media.
“This is one of the initiatives the ministry has taken to mark ‘Mujib Borsho’,” he said.
The circular said tolls would be waived both for the government and private ambulances on the condition that the service providers would deduct the amount from the ambulance fare.
Following a directive from Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, the RTHD on October 10 last year wrote to the finance ministry seeking its consent to keep ambulance outside the purview of toll collection.
Earlier, in November last year, the finance ministry approved the proposal.
In December, the road transport ministry sent a letter to the health ministry asking to take necessary measures to implement the decision.
Copies of Thursday’s circular were sent, among others, to the cabinet secretary, principal secretary to the prime minister, secretaries of public administration, health, finance and home and the chief engineer of RHD.