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Rs. 25,000 fine for 7 traffic offences

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Fines for seven traffic offences are to be increased to Rs. 25,000 with the aim of reducing the number of deaths caused by road accidents, State Minister for Transport and Civil Aviation Ashok Abesinghe said today.

The proposal was brought forward once before, but only succeeded in increasing fines for several motor traffic offences by Rs, 3,000.

Speaking at the committee stage debate Abesinghe pointed out that there was a considerable decrease in road accidents when the proposal to increase fines to Rs. 25,000 was discussed previously. However, the situation returned to its previous state when the proposal was not implemented in its entirety.

“Eight individuals on average die because of road accidents each day in Sri Lanka. By increasing the fines for these seven offences we hope to reduce the number of accidents in the country,” he said.

The seven offences include drunk driving, driving without a valid license, reckless driving and driving through rail gates.(Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 17

  • ANTON Monday, 25 March 2019 03:39 PM


    ANTON Monday, 25 March 2019 03:49 PM


    Madhava Monday, 25 March 2019 10:41 PM

    Good work minister, please implement it strictly.

    Wimal Monday, 25 March 2019 11:30 PM

    Employ gate keepers and install aluminum gates for rail crossings

    TP Monday, 25 March 2019 11:57 PM

    Fines no good. Drink driving give five years of mandatory prison sentence. No driving licence two years prison.Recless driving one year prison sentence. Discipline in the land will have yo be maintained

    a K J Tuesday, 26 March 2019 12:31 AM

    Great. I drive. I have been caught for certain offenses. But I agree that fines need to be increased to discipline drivers.

    Lal Kahanda Tuesday, 26 March 2019 01:04 AM

    make "body cameras" to police are compulsory; to record real time events if the government has genuine interest to reduce road accidents and safeguard the rights of all parties (police and public).

    Lal Kahanda Tuesday, 26 March 2019 01:18 AM

    Also motorists, like in Russia, should get "dash cameras" installed in their vehicles. It may work both ways.

    Samantha Tuesday, 26 March 2019 04:03 AM

    This must be implemented without delay. Don't listen to any joker who don't see this as a tragic national issue. Also imo lmao ent speed limits, sign boards, stop signs at every junction which does,'t abstraction lights.train young Cops who obey law and not get involve in corruption. Teach them how and why everyone equal in front of the law.

    Nihal Gunatilake Tuesday, 26 March 2019 04:28 AM

    Hello - Introduce a new law- Those who hit-and run are presumed drunkard - If you have guts First charge (retrospective) Senior Cops son X' Ministers son.

    Irfan Ibrahim Tuesday, 26 March 2019 06:15 AM

    Before implementing this need to re look at the speed limits where the current limits were defined in 1978, now the roads are developed and still 70kmph not changed

    Indrajith Ameresekere Tuesday, 26 March 2019 06:26 AM

    Increasing fine for reckless driving is dangerous . That'll lead police to hares drivers and take bribes as there is no proper guide lines to decide the reckless driving.

    Konara Abeyratne Tuesday, 26 March 2019 06:53 AM

    Cancel the licence forever imprison errant drivers and never bail out impose capital punishment for drivers who kill a pedestrian have no mercy

    Arnold Tuesday, 26 March 2019 07:29 AM

    Drink driving should not be excused. They should cancel the licence for atleast 2 years.

    Indika Suranjan Tuesday, 26 March 2019 07:32 AM

    how can they differentiate reckless driving, opening to make money

    Sakuntala Tuesday, 26 March 2019 08:12 AM

    Is this new rule applicable to everyone including politician defender vehicle drivers armed forces relative of politicians? Or they above the law?

    T.H.J. Pieters Thursday, 28 March 2019 11:59 AM

    Compared to other countries theoretical

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