New traffic fines after New Year: NCRS

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The Gazette notification on increasing fines on seven traffic offences to Rs.25,000 and other amended fines would be implemented after the New Year, Chairman of the National Council for Road Safety (NCRS) Dr Sisira Kodagoda said.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror he said the legislation would be drafted in Parliament for Rs.25,000 fine for seven traffic offences.

Kodagoda said that following several rounds of discussion with the Transport Minister, fines for 33 other offences had been amended to Rs.1,000 as minimum and a maximum of Rs.3,000.

The Transport Minister would issue the Gazette notification with the implementation date after the New Year, Dr Kodagoda said.

“The fines for other offences warranting such fines are driving without a valid insurance, exceeding speeding limits, driving across level crossings while in red, or assigning someone without a valid licence to drive a vehicle,” he said.

“Vehicles exceeding marked speed limits on expressways would be charged a spot fine of Rs.3,000.

“The minimum fine for reversing from a side road into the main road would be increased to Rs.500,” he said. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • Don Friday, 13 April 2018 09:51 AM

    This is good. This is how rest of the world too make people more deciplene on the roads. Take UAE as a good example..

    saranga.walimuni Friday, 13 April 2018 09:55 AM

    Welcome initiative with wild drivers in SL

    ANTON Friday, 13 April 2018 09:57 AM

    SO A TRAFFIC COP CAN EARN AT LEAST 5000 RS A DAY.... NOT BAD EH... VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO POLICE.

    Ravi Friday, 13 April 2018 12:30 PM

    Last week, on the Puttalam - Anuradhapura Road, at a lonely strech two cops accused me of crossing a yellow line. When I denied, they said let's see about it in the courts.I paid the LKR 550/- and went on my way.How can we ordinary people protect ourselves from these morons?

    rondy Friday, 13 April 2018 03:33 PM

    Need to install CCTVS to provide justification for charges like in countries like Singapore otherwise Cops could interpret the office as they wish

    Javed Ahsan Friday, 13 April 2018 10:01 AM

    The fine should be different for poor. A three wheeler guy may need to even pawn to pay the fine. But a rich guy may laugh at it, pay, and forget it.The government should consider rich and poor scenarios when imposing financial penalties.

    Justica USA.. Friday, 13 April 2018 11:58 AM

    IF one knows the amountof the fine, why break the law?. Whether it be a 3 wheel driver or a bike rider..laws are passed to protect society n the country..

    Javeds inner voice Friday, 13 April 2018 12:45 PM

    Why would you have to pay fine if you stick to the road rules at the first place?

    Suranga Sunday, 15 April 2018 10:37 AM

    This in my books is a very bad sentiment . What this is saying is impose a fine which one can pay. This is similer to bus drivers saying for high speed 1000 is ok and 25000 is not. We should have high fines and then also creat a michanisum to monitor . One cannot be fined without video coverage ect

    Lord Wolfstein Friday, 13 April 2018 10:22 AM

    Not enough to discipline the Road Hooligans. Penalties should be between 5,000 and 50,000 Rs. A 500 Rs penalty is laughable. For offenses such as left overtaking should also the driver's license be withdrawn for 3 months. But it seems that human life in this country has no value.

    Kobar Friday, 13 April 2018 11:26 AM

    Yes very true to many growing Christian population once that happens value for human life will fade away.History shows the facts

    sphkl Friday, 13 April 2018 11:53 AM

    So this is only for us the comman people not for Ploticians who go over anything ....we'll done Sri Lanka police

    Lankan Friday, 13 April 2018 12:10 PM

    This will give the police a bargain power, they will ask the offender that you want to £25k fine or 10k to us. They already stop vehicle with other regions so the drivers just pay bribe instead of coming back to the place where they stopped to face court hearing.

    Ravi Friday, 13 April 2018 12:26 PM

    Do these laws apply to Bus, trishaw and motorcycle drivers?

    Monica Friday, 13 April 2018 01:36 PM

    Shouldn't the cops on traffic duty be equipped with body cams? Driver should have the right to ask if the cam is working. If not, no charge. If yes, charge. The fines are recorded on the cam hence, no bribe talking!

    Sambo Friday, 13 April 2018 04:20 PM

    Please equip the police with some kind of machine so the fine could be paid direct and also receive a receipt for the amount paid.

    Mohammed Muheez Friday, 13 April 2018 05:03 PM

    Ok good. But small suggestion can government control city traffic specially in school time and working time. And the traffic police now can earn more why dont government provide them camera on there helmet and show us that our mistake and then make fine because I'm saying this many people can understand and anyone can't cheat. If I say anything wrong I'm sorry.

    Ranil wickramasinghe Friday, 13 April 2018 05:10 PM

    Maybe we should develop the public transportation first to be reliable and comfortable and time efficient instead of imposing such fines that way the traffic congestion will be less and people who work in office jobs would not need privet vehicles to commute

    George Friday, 13 April 2018 05:29 PM

    Also make sure the cops have a body cam which is a must. Else this will be a good opportunity to make money for them selves.

    Tony Friday, 13 April 2018 05:45 PM

    The Government and the Police will be making money. This is no deterrent.I have proposed to Minister of Law and Other and the IGPto bring about a point system whereby repeated offenders will lose their driving licenses when they reach the maximum number of points. They do not want to implement this for very obvious reasons.

    Rodger Friday, 13 April 2018 08:16 PM

    Traffic cops wait and see the violation by bus drivers and three wheel drivers. Cops are paid heavily by bus drivers. Peliyagoda is good example and can visualize all.Innocent drivers who drive private vechicle are taken for task.

    Jagath Leanage Friday, 13 April 2018 09:26 PM

    Good revenue to the government .


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