Sri Lanka to restrict import of tuk-tuks

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AFP: Sri Lanka plans to restrict imports of tuk-tuks in a bid to reduce road accidents and congestion, the country’s transport minister said yesterday. 


Almost a fifth of road fatalities in Sri Lanka are caused by the ubiquitous three-wheel taxis, known locally as ‘trishaws’, which are also choking the road network, minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said. 
“We have over a million trishaws and our roads cannot take any more,” he told parliament, adding that while the government cannot impose a blanket ban on imports, it would limit them.


Sri Lanka has about 1.2 million tuk-tuks according to official data, almost all of them brought over from neighbouring India and many in poor condition.


In the absence of public mass transit options, the rickety three-wheelers are a popular transport option as well as a key source of employment, with an increasing number of young men becoming rickshaw drivers. But in January this year authorities tightened the rules governing tuk-tuks, citing safety concerns. 

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  • RNA Saturday, 21 October 2017 05:01 PM

    Bout time we saw this curb on tuk imports. I do hope the government would effectively maintain this. On second thought, it seems we're in need of a proper mass transit system, least we could do is upgrade our existing buses and roads, railways and trains to make travelling more convenient.


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