Strict parking restrictions

20 July 2010 12:36 pm - 31     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By Supun Dias

The police will strictly implement existing road rules under the police ordinance including parking restrictions near public places, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mahinda Balasuriya said adding that the rules will also apply to the police.

“We have imposed new specific time periods that vehicles can park. During 7.30am to 9.30am vehicles will not be allowed to park vehicles in front of schools, restaurants, shops and public places. And also from 4.30pm to 6.30pm the same conditions will apply for drivers”, he said.

The traffic police will monitor them and boards will be erected in such places where parking vehicles affects road traffic. “But there will be certain places where vehicles will not be allowed to park at any time”, he said.

During the other times vehicles can be parked at any place but conditions will apply in order to ensure it does not hinder the smooth flow of road traffic. “Rules and regulations will strictly apply for the police as well”, IGP Balasuriya said.

“A new traffic plan will be implemented covering every city in the country to tackle traffic congestions. All these methods are implemented in a way that will benefit the general public,” IGP Balasuriya said.

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  Comments - 31

  • saambrani Wednesday, 21 July 2010 06:18 AM

    wonder if I get late to drop my little daughter if I will have to dump her by the road side ( thats what IGP expects )and expect her to cross the road and find her way to school gate as no parking allowed after 7.30a.m near schools.. ( no allowance at least till 8 a.m ) IGP, Do you have children who school?

    Rjay Tuesday, 20 July 2010 05:24 PM

    He he. Good one

    Rjay Tuesday, 20 July 2010 05:26 PM

    IGP SIR, IMPLEMENT THE BUS LANE AND STRICT COMPLIANCE OF BUSES TO ROAD RULES. Yr problem will be solved. Don't punish innocent motorists.

    Dee Wednesday, 21 July 2010 06:31 AM

    hope it applies to vehicles with heavy tints and red and white plastic number plates.

    Dee Wednesday, 21 July 2010 06:33 AM

    yep, by push cycle for sure, thats how they whizz in and out of a line when they goin their new found 'luxuries'

    citizen1 Tuesday, 20 July 2010 05:35 PM

    Whoever started this new ban/law has never gone to school by car.

    Asoka Tuesday, 20 July 2010 05:44 PM

    You can obviously park at your garage!

    Dee Wednesday, 21 July 2010 06:35 AM

    there is no need to park and wait, a parent can drop at the gate and when the child gets in thru the gate he/she is in, parking outside and watching till the child goes into the class is not done.

    Asoka Tuesday, 20 July 2010 05:45 PM

    This will make some extra income for the police and they deserve it. I won't say how since needless to say the obvious.

    Kamalanath Wednesday, 21 July 2010 06:48 AM


    azher kamil Wednesday, 21 July 2010 07:09 AM

    is this practical????? then where we can park the vehicle?????

    Is the government arranging a parking place close by to those place's????

    Nihal Gunatilake Tuesday, 20 July 2010 10:23 PM

    IGP, please go to main roads and see for yourself how some of the drivers of government departments and/or ministries drive and park their vehicles? Will your officers have the "backbone" to fine them?

    silver Tuesday, 20 July 2010 12:49 PM

    Also please look into the private buses that does not move at bus halts after dropping and picking up passengers. They are the root cause of parking menance in the city.

    MOHAMED Tuesday, 20 July 2010 12:50 PM


    josh Tuesday, 20 July 2010 12:52 PM

    can we have clear instruction on where we can park and not... in the last few days no place in the galle road did the police allow to park at any time except late night.. now they say public places.. can they classify and specify the places exactly so it wont be a hassle to the public..

    Dhammika Siripala Wednesday, 21 July 2010 10:38 AM

    I doubt, if you go near the Royal and Thurstan colleges during School peak hours, you can hardly move around as the vehicles from all the 3 armed forces and Police parked side by side blocking the road for hours. They are just there either to drop their kids or their bosses' kids to the schools.

    MI Tuesday, 20 July 2010 01:10 PM

    Well well well...aonther way to become a rich police man good luck guys

    Babanis Tuesday, 20 July 2010 01:38 PM

    I have seen a lot of police vehicles parked in no parking area and no action taken by the police. Just another eye wash.

    rohith Tuesday, 20 July 2010 01:45 PM

    First have parking lots for vehicles. What abt areas like panchikawatta, Galle road etc. Whrere do people park? Ban vehicles from roads altogether and close the shops and sleep at home.

    Ash Di Spentaneous Tuesday, 20 July 2010 01:47 PM

    but wait, isn't there a prevailing judgement that the police can't have no-parking boards and only the municipality can have them? so is this another arbitrary action against the judicial decision?!

    Kumar Wijayasekara Tuesday, 20 July 2010 02:03 PM

    What more you can expect from a lawless country.

    shavantha Tuesday, 20 July 2010 02:10 PM

    If the vehicles cannot be parked near schools from During 7.30am to 9.30am are the children to jump from the vehicles while its moving

    Ibnu Batuta Tuesday, 20 July 2010 02:36 PM

    Pls don't blame the cops. They just implement everything what comes from gota... Sin no....

    True Sri Lankan Tuesday, 20 July 2010 02:48 PM

    This rules exclude of politicians, police and influvance people have contact to somebody

    Hon. Jilmart Tuesday, 20 July 2010 02:51 PM

    for a few dollars more........

    Podi Guru Tuesday, 20 July 2010 03:09 PM

    Amen, amen! Dehiwala Junction.

    SW Tuesday, 20 July 2010 03:18 PM

    No one takes the IGP seriously.

    Bluff Bluff Tuesday, 20 July 2010 03:21 PM

    As if he has awoken from his deep slumber!

    Bookworm Tuesday, 20 July 2010 03:39 PM

    Would someone also kindly look into parking facilities at places like the public library, Colombo, where the elderly rate payers & those who cannot travel by bus have no place to park their vehicles.

    LouVi Tuesday, 20 July 2010 03:57 PM

    How about VIP cars running against oncoming traffic and jumping traffic lights with forces personnel riding shot-gun..........any action IGP?

    Marikar Wednesday, 21 July 2010 06:10 AM

    Before implementing traffic rules, WHY NOT make the roads in Colombo?
    Look at Galle Road, R.A.Demel Mawatha, & most of the By Roads, which are full of rutts & holes. One cannot drive peacefully.

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