Dope test will be mandatory from now on to get a professional driving license

January 14, 2022

Dope test reports from government affiliated hospitals or laboratories would be mandatory in case if issuance and renewal of driving license from January 30 this year.
If the dope test report is positive or there is any negative comment in it, professional driving license will not be issued or renewed by Bangladesh Road transport Authority (BRTA).
However, the dope test will not be required in case of non-professional driving license.
The dope test can be done at all district-level government hospitals, six hospitals in Dhaka city and all laboratories approved by the Department of Narcotics Control, reads the circular.
The six hospitals in Dhaka city are Dhaka Medical College Hospital; National Institute of Mental Health and Hospital; National Institute of Laboratory Medicine and Referral Centre; National Institute of Diseases of the Chest and Hospital; National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, also known as Pongu
Hospital; and Kurmitoal General Hospital.
Meanwhile, the Directorate General of Health Services on Tuesday wrote all government hospitals to take necessary steps for carrying out a dope test on the licence seekers, reads the circular.
BRTA Chairman Nur Mohammad Mazumder on Wednesday sent a circular in this regard to all divisional and circle offices to implement the decision.
A professional driving licence is a must for operating commercial vehicles or rental cars or doing government jobs as a driver.

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