Driver fined for spitting betel chewing

12 May 2014 01:28 pm - 19     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A bus driver, arrested on the charge of spitting betel-chewing out of a bus at a public place in Colombo Fort was fined Rs.1,500 by the Colombo Fort Magistrate.

The accused, a driver of a private bus plying between Pettah and Katunayake, was arrested by the Fort Police spitting out chewed betel residue onto a roadside near the Lotus Road in Colombo Fort.

Producing the accused S.M. Gunasinghe of Nikaweratiya before the Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage, the Fort Police said that the driver had polluted the roadside with the spittle of betel nuts making displeasure to the pedestrians who use the pavement near the Lotus Road.

The accused pleaded guilty to the charge and Magistrate imposed a fine of Rs.1500. The bus driver had been charged under the Highways Ordinance.  (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

  Comments - 19

  • Ranil Tuesday, 13 May 2014 11:07 AM

    Drivers should be educated to avoid these bad habits.Good work by Police to keep Colombo as a clean city.

    ghamer Tuesday, 13 May 2014 03:10 AM

    And also arrest chewing passengers also....

    old citizen Monday, 12 May 2014 05:20 PM

    Many drivers are getting addicted to betel chewing and spit mainly on the road .it's high time the authorities consider banning this habit inside bus.This will benefit both the bus crew and the health authorities from spending millions to cure oral cancer.

    Kolla Tuesday, 13 May 2014 07:37 AM

    Thank god! Sometimes these fellows spit it out the window while driving and that thing comes splashing on vehicles windshield!

    Karigalan Tuesday, 13 May 2014 04:20 AM

    Good work Govt

    lets move towards clean SL

    gladwin Tuesday, 13 May 2014 04:34 AM

    It's very annoying people spitting on the road and making it dirty...... Government imposing a fine probably it will help in improving the situation ... cheers

    john Tuesday, 13 May 2014 04:53 AM

    Why not a board at entrance of every public bus - no chewing, no smoking? Then any passenger can advise the driver 'politely'....

    Srian de Silva Tuesday, 13 May 2014 04:57 AM

    Rs. 1500/-(?)...... pittance. He should be ordered to clean up the pavements for a week!

    ANTONY Tuesday, 13 May 2014 01:42 PM


    Walanda Tuesday, 13 May 2014 05:15 AM

    Very good , that should implement other area as well. Hat's off to Mr. Gotabe Ragapakshe ..

    Cobra Tuesday, 13 May 2014 12:56 AM

    At last a public nuisance is brought to book. Well done!

    Fair N Square Monday, 12 May 2014 01:46 PM

    well done traffic cops. these drivers are very unruly and un ethical. They need to be taught lessons the hard way... Also ppl should start making videos of how errant these bus drivers are when they drive with a bus load of people, risking so many lives... A good place to net these idiots is between Dehiwala and Moratuwa...

    ANTON Tuesday, 13 May 2014 06:05 AM


    Puresrilankan Tuesday, 13 May 2014 06:12 AM

    Finally... And I totally agree with ...

    [quote name="Srian de Silva"]Rs. 1500/-(?)...... pittance. He should be ordered to clean up the pavements for a week![/quote]

    Mango Monday, 12 May 2014 02:43 PM

    Superb move. Good attitude change! I like that

    JANAKA Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:10 AM

    In many Govt offices, many drivers, some peons and some officers do the same thing, police can catch them too

    king Monday, 12 May 2014 03:36 PM

    good,very ugly people.first time colombo has became a very clean city of its history,this kind of fools are disturbing it.

    London Charlie Tuesday, 13 May 2014 06:14 PM

    At last a "bulath hapaya" is caught and fined. Well done police. Keep up the good work

    grumpy Tuesday, 13 May 2014 02:38 AM

    UnCivilized people. Good move cops. Fine them.

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