Transport Ministry to limit three wheeler imports

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Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said yesterday that the ministry had decided to limit the importation of three-wheelers in future and to issue licences to drive three-wheelers only to persons above the age of 35 years.

While holding a discussion with several three-wheeler associations at the ministry, the minister said there were about 1.2 million three-wheelers in the country and new rules and regulations would be introduced regarding the transportation of passengers in three-wheelers.

Passenger transportation in three-wheelers was started at the end of the nineteen eighties and there were no laws to regulate the service, he said.

During the meeting the minister informed the three-wheeler associations of the new regulations -- and the associations had shared their ideas with him.

Nine main points had been discussed, and several proposals had been presented by the three-wheeler associations, including the raising of the speed limit from 40Km/hr to 50 Km/hr. The minister had promised to provide solutions after discussion with the police and other relevant institutions. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

  Comments - 12

  • hoodwinker Tuesday, 20 December 2016 08:03 AM

    Why limit its about time for three wheelers to go.

    Cricy Tuesday, 20 December 2016 08:04 AM

    So what? He wants us to buy Benz, BMW ?

    Pf Tuesday, 20 December 2016 08:15 AM

    This is a timely descision by the Ninister.If possible totaly stop pl.Due to three-wheeler we loose considerable number of man-hours needed for development work for this country. via DM Android App

    rosebud Tuesday, 20 December 2016 08:17 AM

    Better to have an efficient mass transit system and eliminate the publics unfortunate dependence on private buses and tuk tuks. via DM Android App

    anton Tuesday, 20 December 2016 08:46 AM

    thanks god. good move

    Lankexpat Tuesday, 20 December 2016 08:53 AM

    Its important to bring stict traffic ragulationto three Wheelers,specially road decipline!hope the MinisterDoes'nt surrender to the Lobby!!

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 20 December 2016 09:04 AM

    Three wheelers need to be banned from main roads such as Galle Road, High Level Road, Negombo Road, Kandy Road etc. They should be a mode of transport for short journey commencing from Main Roads to inner sections such as lanes, for example from Mount Lavinia Railway Stn to Galle Road or Negombo Road Wattala Junction to Kerewalapitiya. They should be banned totally from entering Main Roads.

    Stefany Tuesday, 20 December 2016 09:05 AM

    Excellent move! they are a menace!

    Kaboos Tuesday, 20 December 2016 09:08 AM

    Do not limit . Limitation will lead to malpractices and other corruptions .Total ban until further notice.

    Dee Tuesday, 20 December 2016 09:14 AM

    By far the best news ever.

    Neo Tuesday, 20 December 2016 09:16 AM

    Thank God. There are far too many of them, but I must confess they do a splendid job. They earn good money and the younger drivers prefer to earn their living in a speedy manner and speed away happily. High time for restrictions nonetheless. Well done!

    palitha Wednesday, 21 December 2016 07:35 AM

    I dont think any three wheeler moves at 40 but over 50 most of the time. The biggest problem with them is they remove the handle lock which makes it possible for them to take sharp turns. Make it compulsory to have the lock and accidents and criss crossing will be stopped drastically. Mr. Minister please note. If you bring legislation dont change it if they shout. Three days and they will be back at work.

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