Video: Police spotlight on more spot fines

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The Police Department is mulling over making amendments to the traffic law to add more spot fines in order to minimise the hassle caused to the people, especially commuters and drivers,  when appearing in courts for violating traffic rules, Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said.


“The police impose spot fines for violating only 36 road rules. We have observed that people have to waste their time when they have to go to a court to obtain an order as police ask them to appear in courts even for minor offences,” he said.


SSP Rohana said Traffic Police DIG is scheduled to discuss the matter on Monday with the relevant authorities.


He said using mobile phones while driving, driving without seat belts, driving without adhering to traffic lights and crossing the road without following road signs were considered minor offences that could be given spot fines. (Sanath Desmond and Lahiru Pothmulla)

 

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  • Gladsome Saturday, 01 November 2014 03:13 PM

    Spot Fine with Receipt 1000/= Without Receipt 50% Discount only 500/=

    janaka Saturday, 01 November 2014 06:49 AM

    Are these to be added to usual bribes?

    dan Saturday, 01 November 2014 06:57 AM

    We should never consider using Mobile Phones while driving as a minor offence. That endangers the lives of others in no small measure like driving after consuming alcohol. Of course, there are many real minor traffic matters that could be given spot fines.

    George Sunday, 02 November 2014 10:50 AM

    At last someones brain functioned. via DM Android App

    Excellent Saturday, 01 November 2014 08:42 AM

    Our traffic police uncles will be more happy. waw they can earn more...Dear concern authorities kindly introduce spot fine with a Wifi machine where Head Quarters or some higher authority will get the fine updates then and there. If not billions of money going to there pockets for a month. If gov really wants to stop corruption this is the only way. via DM Android App

    A.Mohamedally Saturday, 01 November 2014 09:40 AM

    Spot fines are given 14 days to pay and clear the DL or go to courts.My sujjestion is first 14 days he has to pay Spot fine, if he forgets , then it should be 21 days Spot fine plus additional 10% Penalty. After 21 days he should be taken to Courts.

    ANTON Saturday, 01 November 2014 10:45 AM

    DAMN HELL, IN HIGHLY RESIDENTIAL WATTALA AREA, PRIVATE BUS DRIVERS ARE FLYING ON THE ROADS, TRYING TO OVER TAKE THE OTHER BUSES, WHAT FINE FOR THEM.

    Azee Friday, 31 October 2014 08:50 PM

    OMG. who will be happy - the offenders will be happy but the cops will be happier - guess why via DM Android App

    Fair N Square Friday, 31 October 2014 09:03 PM

    Using cell phones while driving is a MINOR offense? REALLY? Using a cell phone while driving makes the driver LOSE concentration and his/her reflexes r slow in an emergency to slam the brakes, which could be a FATAL accident.. What is the price of LIFE ? if using the cell phone is a MINOR offense. ? In MOST western countries its BANNED and the fines r HIGH.. coz they VALUE human lives....

    timbouctou Friday, 31 October 2014 09:15 PM

    Does any of the spot fine money get into the government coffers?

    ram Friday, 31 October 2014 09:22 PM

    Salary to extra income increared.

    DN Saturday, 01 November 2014 11:25 AM

    Ayyp. already we are paying SPOT FINES. Nothing new.....This system is implemented by your staff long time back.....

    Vernon Friday, 31 October 2014 10:07 PM

    To minimize the hassle, for a traffic offense take down only the DL number and the address and issue the spot fine form and request the motorist to post the receipt to the relevant police station within a stipulated period. If not done then you can file action in courts. Imagine a driver getting copped at Killinochchi on the way back from Jaffna to Colombo in the night, and then having to go all the way back another day to Killinochchi to collect the DL.

    amitha Sunday, 02 November 2014 05:55 AM

    what driving through a red light using a mobile while driving are minor offences What is a major accident having a fatal accident via DM Android App

    hafeeZ Saturday, 01 November 2014 02:49 AM

    cops r gonna like it. . We know what happens with spot fines .. is this gonna be Christmas bonus... issue a ticket and ask them to pay online.. ayyo so easy and theyve making it so hard via DM Android App

    Upali Saturday, 01 November 2014 04:11 AM

    What a great country Sri Lanka turns out to be? Using mobile phones while driving, driving without seat belts and above all, driving without adhering to traffic lights are considered to be serious driving offences in all developing countries where the driver will lose demerit points in addition to a fine, it also could lead to the suspension of the DL mainly to protect other innocent lives? Is Sri Lanka stepping Forward or Backwards?


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