Mayor suspends fines charged from parking meters

18 May 2018 01:18 pm - 21     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake has instructed the Commissioner of the Colombo Municipality to suspend all fines charged through parking meters.

In a tweet, the Mayor said, “With regard to the recent complaints on parking meter fines. Pending council approval I have given instructions to the commissioner to suspend all fines charged relating to parking meters,”

It was reported that a man who failed to pay a parking fee of Rs.30 at a parking slot in Wellawatte, has been fined Rs.10,120 after a lapse of 13 days.

The man had parked his car in Wellawatte on April 25 and had forgotten to pay the fee of Rs. 30 via a machine placed near the parking place.


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  Comments - 21

  • Dhammika Friday, 18 May 2018 01:51 PM

    GOOD DECISION MADAM , What is needed is immediate action and please refund the fine as it is NOT appropriate for a Rs. 30 parking charge . Please note since these machines ONLY accept money notes Rs , 20 X 2 which makes Rs. 40 has to be inserted for a Rs. 30 toll .

    Rasheed Friday, 18 May 2018 01:56 PM

    Will they refund the amount 10,120/-.

    Raja Friday, 18 May 2018 01:59 PM

    Thanks Madam. Poor man paid that huge fine also. Hope it will be refunded to him.

    Sri Friday, 18 May 2018 04:10 PM

    Law breaker is a law breaker that’s y the county cannot come out of the situation we are in now if we pardon for what the vote.

    Ajja Friday, 18 May 2018 04:12 PM

    At last you have done justice to the poor man and the million rupee toilet repair project is forgotten....

    WISE DONKEY Friday, 18 May 2018 04:27 PM

    She should order to refund the unjustifiable fines including the sum of Rs 10,120/- the case highlighted in DM.

    Ram Friday, 18 May 2018 04:46 PM

    Good decision but be careful as you may have a surcharge on you for violating the council Rules

    jagath Friday, 18 May 2018 05:20 PM

    Thank you Daily mirror for bringing necessary attention to this matter. Practical systems have to be implemented for the country to grow.

    TONY Friday, 18 May 2018 06:12 PM


    P. De. Silva - Canada Friday, 18 May 2018 06:31 PM

    This is not an fair decision that has taken by the Colombo municipality Mayor. Because it is a offense that hasn't pay or ignoring. By making such decisions people will like and tells good about she or he and mustn't do things for political benefits. By doing these sorts of things cannot correct people and makes them to respects the laws and nobody watching near parking meters and anyone can parks and go without paying . Ridiculous, these countries cannot play havoc and that's why they doing well.

    Meters Friday, 18 May 2018 07:07 PM

    Parking meters over there are user friendly.

    Citizen Saturday, 19 May 2018 02:19 PM

    Mr Canada, easy for you to comment from there. I paid a fine of 20,000/- which was for 15 days. It's a monthly income for a middle class career starter.

    John Friday, 18 May 2018 06:57 PM

    In Dubai parking for a hour is Rs 120 and if you don't pay it, fine is Rs 6000.

    Deen Friday, 18 May 2018 09:45 PM

    Isn’t the motorist entitled to his balance of 10/- when you ask the traffic warden about the balance.The reply you get is that you get half an hour extra. That’s ridiculous. It’s like a bus conductor saying that I don’t have change you can get down at mount Lavinia instead of your destination wellawatta, Is it legal ?

    Dhanush Saturday, 19 May 2018 12:43 AM

    For me he said i should ask from the company

    Tomiya Saturday, 19 May 2018 12:57 AM

    Deen, the balance in future will be paid in ecstasy tablets at the rate that we are sinking in drugs.

    Harry Saturday, 19 May 2018 04:41 AM

    What an eye-wash to cover-up her Royal Palace renovation cost ..

    Imaa Saturday, 19 May 2018 05:11 AM

    Very good decision

    Yeti Saturday, 19 May 2018 07:01 AM

    Prompt action. Way to go Rosy!!!

    Gavin Anandappa Saturday, 19 May 2018 08:29 AM

    Better late than never. However, the CMC should have checked the fee structure / fines prior to implementing such initiative. Also there are complaints that the machines do not dispense change which is very inconvenient and is not user friendly either. I do agree that these are revenue sources to the government, however it should not inconvenience the public and fines imposed appear to be day light robbery. It is good to shelve the fines, however was the CMC sleeping during the implementation stage.

    Displeasured Soul Sunday, 20 May 2018 05:12 PM

    It is indeed a day time robbery. One of these were installed near a private hospital. How fair is it to rob from people who are already suffering from health conditions? You're admitted to a private hospital, they charge you around 1 Lakh per day. After all that, if you forget to pay this ridiculous fee (because people do not come to a hospital to do business, and they offer no warranty for the security of the vehicle) you're fined another ridiculous fine.

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