Meters made mandatory for three-wheelers

13 January 2017 03:48 pm - 21     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Issuing an extraordinary gazette, the Transport Ministry imposed a heap of regulations on three-wheeler drivers/owners including clauses to make it mandatory to have an operational taximeter and prohibiting them from smoking at all times while on duty.

The gazette released on January 9 said the drivers should behave in a civil and orderly manner, should not finish the tour before he has been discharged by the hire and should carry passengers to their destinations by the shortest possible route within the shortest time unless otherwise requested by the passengers.

“It is the duty of the driver to issue a receipt for the payment. Such receipt should include the distance travelled, vehicle registration number, amount charged and the date of receipt,” the gazette said.

Drivers were ordered to display the vehicle registration number, name and driving license number of the driver, a photograph of the driver and telephone numbers of the respective police stations where the vehicle is registered to inform in the case of emergency, behind the driver seat to be clearly visible to passengers.

The Transport Ministry, from the gazette, said drivers should also examine the three-wheeler for any article accidentally left therein by any passenger.

  Comments - 21

  • Arnold Friday, 13 January 2017 05:32 PM

    Excellent move. Also the driver should be at least 30 years old. Three wheel trade has become very lucrative for young boys who drive recklessly and engage in all sorts of illegal activities.

    Rohan Friday, 13 January 2017 06:03 PM

    Very good move.Hope the law enforcing people will b able to carry it out and ensure the accuracy of the meter too.I live in ganemulla, and here the three wheel pirates charge as much as 80 Rs for 0.5 KM, because in this area no meter taxis.This happened to me yesterday .

    DHA Friday, 13 January 2017 07:25 PM

    Good move....

    d Friday, 13 January 2017 07:34 PM

    much needed move via DM Android App

    Kadiya Friday, 13 January 2017 07:59 PM

    But their meters are 'always break down'

    Cricy Friday, 13 January 2017 08:03 PM

    Good news. But make sure meters are regularly checked and upto standard.

    lakdiva Friday, 13 January 2017 08:06 PM

    A working meter is great, but they should be asked to display the rate charged. While most Tuk Tuks charge Rs40/- per km, I have encountered few that can reset the rate to even Rs60/- per km and you realise that only after the first km.

    Abu Mukarram Friday, 13 January 2017 08:30 PM

    I live in Dehiwala. I have noticed Different distances at different meters to the lane top of Galle road from my residence. it varies from seven hundred meters to 1km in the same route. thus it proves this meter is adjustable. please se to that fact along with a consistant rate per km

    Gayan Perera Friday, 13 January 2017 09:05 PM

    If a 3wheeler driver has the meter calibrated with brandnew tires and then replaces them with worn tires, the meter will charge more per km!

    Concerned individual Friday, 13 January 2017 09:09 PM

    Use the taxi services available on phone apps. Way more secure and on one particular app small car is cheaper than three wheelers. Three wheelers are just plain dangerous. Avoid them at all possible cost! Indians and their get rich quick schemes! Ruinning our country and youth.

    nick Saturday, 14 January 2017 05:32 AM

    Im not happy with this as we need to find a way to get rid of these 3 wheel culture as our country will also look like india & behave very low maybe we replace with small cars with governing loan or something 3wheels drivers are the most dangerous & drug addicts also involve in many crimes via DM Android App

    Ex President Saturday, 14 January 2017 06:15 AM

    very good via DM Android App

    Yeti Saturday, 14 January 2017 06:35 AM

    All well and good but what happened to bus conductors not issuing tickets even after that was made mandatory?

    manithan Saturday, 14 January 2017 06:56 AM

    Meters should be certified by a government body and should not be adjustable by the driver.

    CitizenBrownie Saturday, 14 January 2017 07:24 AM

    Meters should be mandatory for all politicians to measure their loot.

    mohamed Hashim Saturday, 14 January 2017 08:01 AM

    very good move Better late than never. Three wheelers should be strictly prohibited from parking their vehicles at every junction at least 30 metres away. It is common to see that whether in rural or suburbs three wheelers are a law unto themselves parking their vehicles at intersections and obstructing the smooth flow of vehicles. via DM Android App

    Malik Saturday, 14 January 2017 08:20 AM

    Good Move.Should be implemented without fear or favour

    Rishan Saturday, 14 January 2017 08:24 AM

    I have seen there is a selection for tarrif type in the meter . Charges differ as per his selection of the tarrif . Good to educate the tarrif type as well. Does this aplies for outstation three wheels ?Does this applies for three wheelers who are parking infront of Fort Railway station wearing a white shirt? They never run for the meter?Does the customer have a choice to run for a fix rate ?

    Sim Sunday, 15 January 2017 08:52 AM

    Will the law be implemented without favour? How about the bus drivers and conductors

    Nihal Monday, 23 January 2017 09:18 AM

    please ban threewheelers from sri lanka.

    Srian Saturday, 14 January 2017 10:57 AM

    All well and good. Problem is implementation! Very soon I expect a horde of three wheel drivers/owners taking to the streets in an an unruly demonstration!!!

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