Motorcyclists requested to wear black arm-bands to protest minimum penalty

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The Ceylon Motorcyclists’ Association yesterday requested all motorcyclists to wear a black arm-band from tomorrow to protest against the minimum penalty of Rs.2,500 for traffic offences as proposed in the 2017 Budget.

While criticizing the budget proposal, the association said that the move will badly effect the low-income earners who are forced to ride motorcycles to their work-places and pointed out that the fine itself is higher than the monthly petrol expenses of some motorcycle riders.

It also said the move to increase fines would encourage motorists to offer bribes to the traffic police and thereby defeat the purpose it was meant for.

Therefore, the association requested the government to re-consider the implementation of the minimum penalty of Rs.2,500 for traffic offences.

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  • MyLanka Tuesday, 15 November 2016 04:59 AM

    Isn't it amazing how all the law breakers are vehemontly protesting this minimum fine? Dear Minister, please do not back away from this like all the other backflips by this government. Increase the fine even more and protect the public.

    Shakir Monday, 14 November 2016 05:28 PM

    I'm a biker and I think it's a good move by the government. Most of them ride on the pavements even ride while red lights are on.

    Shelly. Monday, 14 November 2016 05:55 PM

    If motorcilists can bribe Police and get away after breaking traffic rules they better do that rather than wearing black bands. via DM Android App

    Don Monday, 14 November 2016 06:30 PM

    If this fine is implemented please remove cash from the equation. Cops are out there on Sundays just for that. via DM Android App

    arju Monday, 14 November 2016 09:27 AM

    Obeying the law and be a disciplined driver would be the best thing. via DM Android App

    Bala Monday, 14 November 2016 10:58 AM

    So you are determined to break traffic rules and pay lower fine. Why not try better alternative and obey rules and not pay and make life easier for everyone.

    Moorkara Monday, 14 November 2016 12:41 PM

    very good move ...I will join u guys ..same time I will bring people to this protest against ...this looting government .. via DM Android App


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