‘Increased fine to minimize road accidents’

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The minimum fine for traffic offenses is to be increased to Rs.2,500 through the 2017 budget in an effort to arrest the increasing number of road accidents, Deputy Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Abeysinghe said.

He said this when asked about the strike by the Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA), which was later called off.

The deputy minister said that by making such demands the private bus owners were requesting us to allow them to drive the buses in a manner that pleases them.

"The number of road accidents continues to increase and this fine would restrain the drivers from driving the vehicles recklessly and maintain road discipline. This increased fine has been imposed to help save the lives and limbs of the commuters, pedestrians, drivers and conductors. In foreign countries the fine amounts to US$150 to 200. In Australia it is about AUD500. Only in our country that a very low fine has been imposed so far," he said.

"See how three-wheelers are driven. They flout all road rules and often end in accidents. The fine was increased purely to minimize the road accidents and to induce the drivers to be more disciplined,” he said. (Shiva Bandara)

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  • hitapangmachan Tuesday, 15 November 2016 04:34 AM

    this man compare us n Australia they know behave road rules he did not say about there income . useless via DM iOS App

    kato Tuesday, 15 November 2016 06:23 AM

    very true but dont forget foreign countries income is 20X times higher whereas its almost 20% of sl average monthly salary equals to this fine also foreign roads are heaven to drive to... via DM Android App

    admin Tuesday, 15 November 2016 06:51 AM

    also introduce point system and add camera on traffic police uniform. make sure money collected from fines goes to imporemnet of road safety

    Joe Tuesday, 15 November 2016 06:59 AM

    Do they have three wheels in Australia via DM Android App

    SL Tuesday, 15 November 2016 07:41 AM

    Improve the road system first and go for fines.do not compare developed countries with our single lane roads.The road systems are much much better and commuters has no need of traffic violation .the biggest issue developed countries are having are high speeding and signal crossing.

    Premalal Tuesday, 15 November 2016 07:47 AM

    Bad driving is only one part of many wrongs in our society. The root cause appear to be the unfair implementation of the law. The ruling elite and their cronies get away with murder on the street and beyond. They also get away with plunder. You sir, with all you pious posturings before the elections, allegedly sold your vehicle permit. Where is the law? where is your morality?. Please spare a thought for the rest of the 21 million people who struggle in this country who work their guts out but will never enjoy the fruits of their labour.. .

    Suren Tuesday, 15 November 2016 08:04 AM

    Actually, three-wheels(auto-rickshaws) have been banned in countries like the us and Europe for not being safe enough.

    Ex President Tuesday, 15 November 2016 09:13 AM

    Then make SL like those countries doing nothing telling nonsense. via DM Android App

    Axehead Tuesday, 15 November 2016 09:47 AM

    Don't do the crime, if you can't pay the fine !

    Jude Tuesday, 15 November 2016 10:51 AM

    From the outskirts I will tell SL authorities need to discipline the Private Bus drives and Trishaws drivers.!!?? Having said that the extreme fine going to be very counterproductive!!! ??The exorbitant fine going to make some Traffic Cops happy??!!! And Mr.Dy Minister, if you want to make a comparison, compare Apples to Apples!!!?? Just to give you a idea, SL per capita income $3,637 and Australia's per capita income is $54,717 therefore, don't make irrelevant comparisons just apply some practical approach that could be effective. !!??For a instance have Demerit Points System, where Drivers after 3 Traffic convictions to suspend licence with a Hefty Fine!!!???

    ANTON Tuesday, 15 November 2016 11:05 AM

    THIS IS LIKE INCREASING THE SOUND OF HORNS WHEN YOU CAN'T REPAIR THE BRAKES.


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