The Cabinet spokesman and Minister Rajitha Senaratne today reiterated that there would be no changes on the proposed fine of Rs.25,000 for seven traffic offenses.
While speaking to the media at the weekly Cabinet press briefing at the parliament complex, Minister Senaratne said even the government’s decision was also the same and there would not be any rollback of the proposed fine.
“We will never give permission for drivers to kill people. Since the date the decision was taken there is a slight decrement of road accidents. I think the accidents would be less if the law was implemented,” he added.
“The proposals were made to take legal actions for overtaking from the left side, speeding and to place speed limits. First of all, decisions should be taken on implementing the legal situation of overtaking from the left side and speeding,” he said.
He said the President had not said anything on changes to proposed the imposed fine of Rs.25,000 for seven traffic offenses during the discussion with the Bus Owners’ Associations held at the parliament complex on Saturday (3).
He said it was fair to impose a reasonable fine for overtaking from the left side and speeding but there would be no relief for the other five offenses. He had also requested the government to take legal actions strictly against persons who damaged the Sri Lanka Transport Buses (SLTB) during the private bus strike.
“128 SLTB buses were damaged during the strike and the police should have arrested 128 people who were held responsible for them. But the police could not arrest that much of people. The police have no connection with the people in those areas. In that case there is no use of the police,” he said.
He said most of the bus strikers were the ones who had worked according to a certain political agenda and added that most of the members of the bus associations were used to take part in poster campaigns during the previous elections under their names. (Chaturanga Pradeep)
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Comments - 23
andycap Thursday, 08 December 2016 12:26 PM
Please also let us know WHO will ensure that these fines are applicable to ALL??
Vernon Thursday, 08 December 2016 12:35 PM
He spoke as the cabinet spokesman.
Ravindran Thursday, 08 December 2016 01:08 PM
For your information , he is the cabinet spokesman
Wicks Thursday, 08 December 2016 01:47 PM
Fine more and make SL roads safer.
ali Thursday, 08 December 2016 03:51 AM
This is not the first time, this government did not stand firm on its decisions.
moorkara Thursday, 08 December 2016 02:41 PM
OK ...Mr .. will see ..what you can do ...as we strongly oppose on fines over left lane ..and speeding .. via DM Android App
dammalage Thursday, 08 December 2016 02:54 PM
Without such law, our drivers never obey anything. Please don't change. We are with you.
Jigsaw Jakson Thursday, 08 December 2016 05:53 AM
Lawless ness and disregard for the law should be defeated at all cost.
Ghaffa Thursday, 08 December 2016 04:34 PM
Dear SirThis law should be implemented as soon
Dhammika Thursday, 08 December 2016 08:19 AM
Hats off Sir.But please ensure that the Police officers implement this as the government expects.
Ravi Thursday, 08 December 2016 08:30 AM
We will Support this law
Sammy Thursday, 08 December 2016 08:40 AM
It is okay to increase traffic offense fines but also ensure that traffic police do not take undue advantage of this. Ensure that 'jarawa' taking is eliminated. The poor bus and other drivers cannot take action against this, directly.
Kiris Baba Amaray Thursday, 08 December 2016 08:44 AM
We agree with you Sir. Strictly implement the 25,000/- fines and protect the people from accidents.
Bubble Banda Thursday, 08 December 2016 08:45 AM
If the private bus unions protests, cancel all the route permits and keep their buses in-house. Then they will learn a lesson. Import more buses for CTB and cover the gap.
J Palitha Thursday, 08 December 2016 08:47 AM
President is bending too much as he is scared whether problems will crop up. This strikers are backed by Mahinda and his gangsters.
BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 08 December 2016 08:59 AM
Well done and congratulations for not flinching towards what is right. However you should also have the same disciplined action against persons who publicly arouse racism and hate speech irrelevant of their position and status.
Just Another Citizen Thursday, 08 December 2016 09:04 AM
Whatever the law/fine, the police need to enforce it. Having rules and laws and not enforcing them is the same as having non at all
kautilya Thursday, 08 December 2016 09:07 AM
Well Done Yahapalanaya. Cheers!
nick Thursday, 08 December 2016 09:08 AM
very soon you will see many wants to be a traffic police and those already traffic police will be rich guys in few years time via DM Android App
empulze Wednesday, 07 December 2016 07:25 PM
Sir the general public will support for this law.... via DM Android App
Madiya Wednesday, 07 December 2016 07:47 PM
Thanks you Mr. Minister. Please stick to this decision. Improve the SLTB and confiscate all private buses who do not take to the road. Enough is enough.
das Wednesday, 07 December 2016 08:23 PM
concern Wednesday, 07 December 2016 08:26 PM
Isn't he the minister of Health ??
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