Govt. to issue 1mn tuk licenses

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Government is to issue more than a million licenses for three wheelers across the country in order to regulate the service, Transport and Civil Aviation Deputy Minister Ashok Abesingha said.

He said that the licenses will be issued by the transport ministries of the relevant provincial councils. The provincial minister had already been consulted on the matter, he said.

Speaking to journalists at his office in Kurunegala, Abeysinghe stated that the number of three wheelers in the country has risen to over a million requiring regulation of the service.

"We have 6.3 million vehicles in our country of which 3.3 million are motorbikes, the number of tree wheelers is 1.05 million," he said and added that around 4.3 million out of 6.3 million vehicles in the country are always on the move.

Since around 65 per cent of vehicles plying the roads are motorbikes and three wheelers a regulatory process was needed, the Deputy Minister stated. (Pushpakumara Jayaratne)

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  • Lakminiha Sunday, 25 September 2016 05:40 PM

    There are several crooks who display a "Metered Taxi" board only to find that they do not have a meter installed, when we get in. The government should also make sure that such things don't take place in future,

    rosebud Sunday, 25 September 2016 05:49 PM

    Ban tuks reduce buses.vans cars -- introduce a user friendly public transport system. Care for the environment. via DM Android App

    Ajith Sunday, 25 September 2016 05:51 PM

    There are 8500 new three wheelers sold every month. DPMC must be paying a handsome bribe to keep this going

    Thaya Sunday, 25 September 2016 06:02 PM

    They should be restricted to pick or drop a passenger from the right side of the road. Say for example on a one way road a sudden move from the left to the right to pick a passenger is so dangerous.

    clueless Sunday, 25 September 2016 06:36 PM

    wow a tak tuk for every 20 people. via DM Android App

    Commuter Monday, 26 September 2016 10:35 AM

    It is the car owners who think of only their convenience want3 wheelers banned.They are muts who have no consideration for the poor people via DM Android App

    Saman Sunday, 25 September 2016 01:34 PM

    Also enforce metered fares. These guys are the biggest crooks in the country!

    Just Another Citizen Sunday, 25 September 2016 02:01 PM

    More morons on the roads? They drive like lunatics and risk passenger and pedestrians lives. Nothing is done to curb the traffic issues in the country.

    Rasheed Monday, 26 September 2016 01:07 PM

    And also see that they are not provided parking slot at every corner of the road.

    concerned Monday, 26 September 2016 01:08 PM

    There are 297,000 licensed taxi drivers in the UK for a population of 65 million. We have 1.1 million for a population of 21 million. We have so many because we have a rubbish public transport system.

    OMG Sunday, 25 September 2016 02:30 PM

    Good move, they should be controlled and monitored. All should have standard meter and price. The meters should be checked regularly by authorities. Also the stickers in their vehicles to be authorized by the regulation.

    Dee Sunday, 25 September 2016 02:38 PM

    Excellent move. But now we'll see some protests. Initiated by the 'Joint' , the very people who wanted to eliminate 3 wheelers.

    Don Sunday, 25 September 2016 03:22 PM

    Also ensure they cannot do u turns when ever they feel like it. The steering needs a block to prevent acute angles. via DM Android App

    Hitapangmachan Sunday, 25 September 2016 03:23 PM

    first of all teach them behavior n good language via DM iOS App

    Ruwan Sunday, 25 September 2016 03:35 PM

    In my opinion these three wheelers should be removed from all roads and replaced with effordable cars possibly manufactured in the country. via DM Android App

    Et Sunday, 25 September 2016 03:37 PM

    Good move should enforce correctly, many people believe these vehicles reduce traffic due to their small size but they have the opposite effect, mainly because of highly undisciplined drivers.

    Casanova Sunday, 25 September 2016 03:57 PM

    One correction, After Politicians.

    m Sunday, 25 September 2016 04:08 PM

    I think the government should restrict the amount tuks being imported into the country and gradually look at banning these in future. Tuk has become a nuisance on the roads of Colombo.

    Bala Sunday, 25 September 2016 04:14 PM

    At least 20% are without meters or say meter not working.

    nuke Sunday, 25 September 2016 05:19 PM

    ban the tuks once and for all..


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