Govt. likely to amend increased traffic fines: Minister

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The government will look into the possibility of amending the budget proposal to increase traffic fines following a feedback study, Transport Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said today.

Speaking during the committee stage debate on the budget, Mr De Silva said the government would monitor the effectiveness of the increased fines, especially to determine whether it will eventually reduce traffic offences and then decide whether to continue with it or not.

“The increase of fines was not aimed at generating funds but with the sole objective of reducing traffic offences which is on the rise,” the Minister said adding that the National Council on Road Safety together with the World Health Organization (WHO) had taken many steps to reduce road accidents.

In addition he said the government is planning to upgrade the public transport sector in the future. “ However one cannot expect to have low transport fares once the public transport system is increased,” he added. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Sil Tuesday, 29 November 2016 10:09 AM

    Same old story. Going back due pressure from the offenders.

    raavin Tuesday, 29 November 2016 10:27 AM

    Increase the fines for violators of road rules. Short term government will get revenue. Long term general public will get benefit by be able to walk or drive along the roads.

    Kale Tuesday, 29 November 2016 10:31 AM

    Feedback Study = Bus drivers threats.

    Selvyn Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:30 AM

    In this Era strict laws must be enacted to create a healthy environment for the people to have safe life via DM Android App

    Mohandev Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:43 AM

    Yamakaruma gon voters now pretending they never voted when patriots like us knew what a fraud this western slave govt was going to be. Now enjoy, suba anagathayak

    Pramod Fernando Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:55 AM

    Not just ordinary people, also set rules for parliament members to follow road etiquette.

    Concerned Sri Lankan Tuesday, 29 November 2016 12:28 PM

    As usual the idea to survive the next election and be in power comes to the fore front. First shoot off the cuff and when protests come quickly change the tune and words.

    Shani Tuesday, 29 November 2016 12:51 PM

    This is a weak Govt. with a weak President and a weak Prime Minister!

    upi Tuesday, 29 November 2016 02:20 PM

    Absolutely correct

    Sonali Tuesday, 29 November 2016 09:13 AM

    If increasing the fines is the "sole objective of reducing traffic offenses" why are you bringing it down if it works. So that they can go back to committing offenses? It makes no sense. Stupid is as stupid does.

    suresh Tuesday, 29 November 2016 09:36 AM

    Have a backbone!

    Don Tuesday, 29 November 2016 10:03 AM

    Two steps forward ten steps back. Isnt it prudent to think before you jump via DM Android App


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