Motorists to get 30 days to pay traffic fines

5 July 2016 08:32 pm - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Government had taken a decision to extend the time given to motorists to pay fines for traffic violations from 14 days to thirty to facilitate the delays when paying traffic fines, Police Traffic Chief (DIG) Amarasiri Senaratne said today.

According to the Motor Traffic Act 224, if a court date was specified for a traffic violation that does not end in an accident, damage caused to public property or injury, the amount of the fine should be mentioned and summons sent to the offender. The driver/rider could choose to pay the fine to the court registrar without having to appear in front of a judge.

“Discussions are presently under-way to implement the act,” he said.

CCTV cameras are to be installed in all cities in a bid to curb crime and traffic offences.

In the past fines could not be charged from the original perpetrators of traffic offences that were caught on CCTV cameras due to vehicles not being registered to the present owners.

“Discussions were under-way to implement the new act. We are also discussing ways to circumvent the issue of under whom the registration of a vehicle has been done with the Department of Motor Traffic,” DIG Senaratne said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

  Comments - 5

  • kukula Wednesday, 06 July 2016 10:07 AM

    The police department thank you for considering a credit facilities. The whole country is on a credit line. Banks, Trade, Government. Therefore my humble request to extend the period to pay fine up to 90 days.

    suda Tuesday, 05 July 2016 08:58 PM

    Can you remember they were having plans to pay fines through credit cards. All promises no work. Aparade me anduwa awe. Apita nam epama wela inne

    Sylvia Haik Tuesday, 05 July 2016 09:30 PM

    There's another injustice done to motorists that has gone on for too long unnoticed. If the driver's license is confiscated in the process, he has to return to the same area to retrieve it. I was once in a three-wheeler going to Galle from Colombo and the driver was stopped a few miles from Galle, for allegedly speeding. He told me these were the hazards he faced every day, that he couldn't afford to disprove and that he had to return to the same place to get his license back.

    Lankan Tuesday, 05 July 2016 09:39 PM

    Also make arrangement to pay fine wherever convenient to stop police targeting out of area vehicles!

    lokka Wednesday, 06 July 2016 03:48 PM

    kiyawila witharai wada na me anduwe via DM Android App

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