All SLTB and private passenger bus drivers must possess a special driving certificate issued after a special training provided by the Department of Motor Traffic (DMT) with effect from June 1, Motor Traffic Department Commissioner General Jagath Chandrasiri said today.
This would be along with the driving licence, he said.
Addressing media at the DMT head office the Commissioner said the Gazette notification related to passenger transport had been issued on February 6, 2016.
Accordingly all the drivers, who transport passengers, should obtain the special certificate issued by DMT.
Three-wheeler drivers and school van drivers would be trained in the second stage.
The department had taken this decision to streamline the driver discipline and to reduce road accidents, he said.
“The special training had already been given to all Sri Lanka Transport Bus (SLTB) drivers. So far, 17,000 drivers of private buses had been given with the help of the Transport Board and the National Transport Commission (NTC).
“From June 1, bus drivers should have the new certificate to drive passenger buses,” he said.
“Newly issued driving licences will have ‘PT’ printed on them to indicate that the driver had obtained the special training. Others should possess their licence and certificate with them,” he said.
“Bus drivers who don’t have the certificate will not be allowed to take to the wheel. From last August 1 this process is in effect. It is an essential certificate for the traffic Police to check during an accident,” Mr. Chandrasiri said.
He said the bus drivers were trained in the first stage of the special passenger transport driver training programme while three-wheeler drivers and school van drivers would be trained in the second stage. (Chaturanga Pradeep)
Comments - 8
rajiv Wednesday, 01 February 2017 09:28 PM
well said sir via DM Android App
John Wednesday, 01 February 2017 09:48 PM
To issue a special driving certificate if any conditions of non alcoholic most of the drivers would be noneligible. via DM Android App
Premalal Wednesday, 01 February 2017 09:59 PM
The reason for mayhem on our roads is due the fact that there is corruption at the point of issuing the license and corruption in traffic policing. So issuing another certificate will not help.
Bala Wednesday, 01 February 2017 10:09 PM
Excellent - unfortunately the govt propaganda is very weak and the good things done do not get publicity. Media highlights the bad only - as Shakespear said: The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.
John Thursday, 02 February 2017 01:02 PM
What about legal 'driving schools'?
ceylon Wednesday, 01 February 2017 10:50 PM
good program but not successfull unless every 3 months all these drivers comparsary to pass the drug free test.accidebts happen.not because they dont know driving. via DM Android App
Reality Friday, 03 February 2017 05:10 AM
This another waste of money and time on training.RDA install the Road Signs and Police impliment the Road Rules. Thats how its to be done.
Dee Thursday, 02 February 2017 08:45 AM
First catch the d.s.gunasekara drivers.
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