Fare meters for three-wheelers compulsory after April 30

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All three-wheeler taxis should be fitted with meters by April 30, National Council for Road Safety (NCRF) Chairman Dr Sisira Kodagoda said.

The three-wheel taxis must also issue a printed bill to the passengers for their fare indicating the distance, fare and taxi details from April 30.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, he said a six-month grace period had been given for the three-wheeler owners to fix their meters.

“The six-month grace period expired on April 1 and the law had to be implemented from that day. But considering the difficulties, the grace period was extended till the end of this month,” he said.

“After April 30, the law would be strictly implemented and stern legal action will be taken against the passenger transport three-wheelers for not having fare meters,” he said.

He said that the taxi meter manufacturers had been advised to build their meters according to the standards stipulated by the Transport Ministry.

“The taxi meters manufacturers should manufacture according to SLS standards. We cannot interfere with the manufacturing process but the meters should be made according to the given specifications,” Dr Kodagoda said.

“The maximum cost for a meter should be less than Rs.10, 000 and the meters should be provided to three-wheeler drivers under several instalments, if they couldn’t pay the full amount upfront,” he said.

He said the law was not to exploit three-wheeler drivers but to regulate their service, he said.

He said that the Traffic Police had been advised to arrest errant taxi drivers and a fine would be imposed on them.

Out of the total of 1,150,000 three-wheelers in the country, only 750,000 three-wheelers serve as passenger taxis. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • Ben Wednesday, 11 April 2018 06:11 PM

    The question is why no responsible person have the guts to introduce a specific color foe all Three wheel taxis.. 1.This will help the co8ntry to reduce the number of youth hanging around at street junctions posing off as vehicle owners.We can train them for better skills.2. Hotel; can keep all other three wheeler away from hotel premises.3. The tax department can introduce a simple tax system where the issued receipt can be already tax paid receipt, , Like the way do in China.4. Can get the drivers to fix ID number and photo and also wear a uniform, If required issue the uniform free with a pair of shoes.Do something for the poor three whee owners with the large sums of monies already recovered from the Rajapaksa's Then they will appreciate

    concern Thursday, 12 April 2018 12:55 AM

    If you live in SL you should know how system works.

    ali Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:58 PM

    This is a good news for three-wheel meter crackers. Funny to see some folks still think that SLS means the meter can't be adjusted. there is only 1 thing in SL that needs to be active, honest and know why it has been appointed - It is Police. If these police forces are honest and active, we have achieved half the wonder of Asia

    rajiv Thursday, 12 April 2018 12:15 AM

    Good move, It has to be implemented Island wide and not only for Colombo. Since outside Colombo they charge exorbitant rates Immaterial of the distance.

    Manel Thursday, 12 April 2018 12:52 AM

    Meters might be there but the fare may not be fair.

    Prem Thursday, 12 April 2018 12:55 AM

    Make sure that the fare meters tamper-proof, otherwise no point of fixing!

    jeffaloy Thursday, 12 April 2018 06:40 AM

    Appreciate the move, what about a fixed fare per kilometer so the passengers will not have difficulties. Three wheelers are charging different rates ranging from Rs. 32.00 going up to Rs. 50.00 per kilometer, so it is advisable to fix a reasonable rate like in India.

    Ahamed Nuzhan Thursday, 12 April 2018 11:58 AM

    The rates should also be specified and easily seen by the customers. Its Ok to have different rates as long as they are specified.

    AJ Thursday, 12 April 2018 12:14 PM

    There should be mechanism for public to complain about errant drivers and a monitoring mechanism to followup on progress of complaints.


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