Vehicles no longer permitted to park on pavements

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A special operation will be launched from tomorrow (17) to identify vehicles for illegal parking as well as for parking on pavements, DIG Ajith Rohana said.

He said police will tow away such vehicles including motorcycles that are parked on pavements or blocking roads.

DIG Rohana said the motorist will have to pay towing charges.

“Legal action will be taken on incidents of illegal parking in which a person could be fined Rs. 50,000 or imprisoned after being produced in courts,” he said.

He said unnecessary traffic and accidents were reported mostly due to unauthorized parking and added this practice also caused inconvenience to the public. (Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)

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  • Mm Thursday, 16 July 2020 08:45 PM

    You mean pavement could have been used as parking upto now ? Or police didn’t do their job until now?

    DA Thursday, 16 July 2020 08:48 PM

    The authorities must provide adequate safe parking options for vehicle owners. Fines must be enforced only after providing parking facilities.

    Eranga Thursday, 16 July 2020 08:57 PM

    So the military rule has started this is the situation.

    BigEars Thursday, 16 July 2020 09:16 PM

    The biggest offenders are the Army, Navy, Air Force and Police vehicles. We will wait and see how this towing is done.

    wimal ellepola Thursday, 16 July 2020 09:19 PM

    They should never have been allowed to park on the pavements.

    Bahoo Thursday, 16 July 2020 09:20 PM

    Better get rid of ALL vehicles! Only cop cars and ministers' vehicles should be allowed.

    Bagi Thursday, 16 July 2020 09:20 PM

    How many by-roads/lanes in Colombo have pavements nowadays ? In Wellawatte, not a single by lane has a pavement , whereas 20-25 years ago, almost all by roads/lanes had a pavement.

    Janaka Thursday, 16 July 2020 09:29 PM

    More money to generate from public government is bankcrupt trying to make money by any means

    BUSHEL Thursday, 16 July 2020 09:32 PM

    WHAT ABOUT MOTORCYCLIST RIDING ON THE PAYMENT TO PUT THROUGH DURING THE OFFICE HOURS. FROM BATHTHARAMULLA DOWN TO BORELLA THIS HAPPENS.

    Anton Thursday, 16 July 2020 09:43 PM

    Where do we park the vehicles, The authorities must provide adequate safe parking options for vehicle owners. Fines must be enforced only after providing parking facilities

    Jude Fernando Thursday, 16 July 2020 10:06 PM

    Very comical. Every once in awhile a new initiative to do something, long forgotten. That, sadly, only for a short time. Then forgotten.

    Dee Thursday, 16 July 2020 10:32 PM

    Good luck implementing it on police, military and ministry vehicles! Would be hilarious to see you doing it.

    Nimal Thursday, 16 July 2020 11:25 PM

    What about on Friday noon around the Liptan circus? Will it apply there too?

    Nimal Thursday, 16 July 2020 11:25 PM

    It depends on who parks there!

    Parker Thursday, 16 July 2020 11:27 PM

    First provide adequate parking facilities in the city, and then implement this.

    Lanka Friday, 17 July 2020 01:01 AM

    It is all well and good. The reason why they park on pavements is because there are NO parking provided. Either there should be plenty of parking spaces or reduce the number of vehicles. You cannot just fine without providing facilities.

    Colombo resident Friday, 17 July 2020 02:43 AM

    'No Parking' signs are necessary even in residential roads adjoining main roads to stop people from parking illegally.

    ajith1966 Friday, 17 July 2020 04:06 AM

    First introduce air conditioned city bus service, Then introduce laws to discourage cars coming to city and impose parking regulations

    Warren Raed Friday, 17 July 2020 04:49 AM

    The Traffic DIG has is very skilled in fining and arresting the very people who pay for his living by taxes. I wonder what law he learned in university?

    King Friday, 17 July 2020 06:33 AM

    The police have woken up from a deep sleep! This rule should have been enforced decades ago. It won't be enforced now either, just talk, like all the other threats. This will be another farce like curfew violators. If you're serious, start with the 3wheelers using up every inch of parking space in every town. They take up all the available parking.

    Lawry Friday, 17 July 2020 06:44 AM

    Check breaks of vehicles, eliminate unroad worthy vehicles, quarantine bad drivers to prevent accidents.

    v Kunathungan Friday, 17 July 2020 07:51 AM

    How about illegal parking of Private buses on Roads and by-lanes endangering Road Users and Pedestrians which is prevalent in Colombo and Suburbs especially at Junctions. Is that legal and permitted ?

    Kumarasiri Ranaweera Friday, 17 July 2020 08:21 AM

    Except pavements, other areas suitable for parking have been conquered by three wheelers . So no places for vehicles to park.

    Ajja Friday, 17 July 2020 08:25 AM

    This is the only country where pedestrians are treated like dirt. Visit Singapore to see the difference!! Drivers and Pedestrians are well disciplined.

    dinesh Friday, 17 July 2020 08:31 AM

    Great news. Pavement is for people to walk not for park vehicles. In colombo better use three wheelers for efficient mobility.

    Piumi Rathnayake Friday, 17 July 2020 08:34 AM

    Provide parking first.

    K.L Pathirana Friday, 17 July 2020 08:54 AM

    Let's see how long this will last? I can assume it is like Gota's drain and beach cleaning program that only lasted a few weeks. What about the motorbikes and three wheeler's driving on the the pavements, where we have to step a side and give them right of way ?

    Sokrates Friday, 17 July 2020 08:58 AM

    @ DA. You are wrong. It is not the job of the authorieties to provide parking options. No vehicle should be registered in Colombo if the owner cannot prove that he has his own parking space, either on his property or on a rented one. Companies and other establishments must have enough parking spaces for their customers and employees.

    DJ Friday, 17 July 2020 09:01 AM

    In developed countries firstly they provide the infrastructure which comes with parking and all proper signs etc. This is how intelligent and democratic leaders work. Then the fines are imposed so as to create discipline etc. Now we wonder why Lanka is still developing!

    Rohitha Bandara Saturday, 18 July 2020 02:35 PM

    Why don't the police start with Serandib Road in Kollupitiya next to Liberty cinema. All the motor bike are parked on the pavement.


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