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The minimum penalty on traffic offences will be increased to Rs. 2,500, the Finance Minister said presenting the Budget 2017 in Parliament.

He said most of the accidents are results of traffic violations and therefore proposed to revise the penalties.
The Finance minister added that a new ‘filing’ fee will be imposed when filing a Court case by any person in any Court.

In his budget speech, the minister said high volume of cases pending before the Courts is an overriding problem in the entire court system.

“Excessive caseloads cause delays in processing cases and deny the justice. And it causes a heavy burden to the government” he added.

To address the overload of cases in the Magistrate Courts, the minister proposed to amend the Motor Traffic Law to impose spot fine on offences.

“A system would be introduced for the errant motorists to pay their traffic fines through mobile phones,” the budget report said.

Meanwhile, an Annual License Fee of Rs 20,000 imposed on firearms. Firearms which are used for agricultural purposes are excluded from this fee.

Any person who uses firearms without obtaining or renewing such license will be charged of Rs. 5 million as a penalty.

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  • Joshua Friday, 11 November 2016 07:06 AM

    Good move. Be disciplined drivers or pay the fine.. simple as that. Need to look at it positively rather than in a criticism perspective. via DM Android App

    city Friday, 11 November 2016 08:00 AM

    Why not we change our attitude towards the police.imagine if they walk out for one day during heavy traffic.the service they provide is immense.please try to change ,this country needs it's people to think more positive.

    perera Friday, 11 November 2016 08:12 AM

    You are trying to wet the hands of certain unlawful police officers. If they are doing their job well the reckless three wheeler drivers and private bus drivers will be disciplined.Do not let the police to collect fines. Give them very high targets and through this achievement increase their perks which should also benefit their families. If they not not achieve reasonable targets get them transferred to remote areas,Fix cameras all over. Look at Singapore. No police officers are on the road.All are monitored through CCTV cameras and offenders are punished.

    amal Friday, 11 November 2016 08:20 AM

    Rouge who is earning in millions a day penalizing the ordinary citizens

    Ajja Friday, 11 November 2016 08:37 AM

    Pointless punishing people at home...first make your house in order....The Minster and the entire donkey cabinet living in a dream world and blind tot see the condition of roads in Srilanka.

    Kaboos Friday, 11 November 2016 08:48 AM

    Good move traffic police should be given a incentive for number of fines .

    sobers Friday, 11 November 2016 08:55 AM

    Major contribution for accidents are from three wheelers. Just see, 1.3 million in a small country. So many male dominated jobs are not filled. This is a disaster. Without addressing such issues introducing draconian law is absurd.

    Lanka Perera Friday, 11 November 2016 11:28 AM

    Have you been to London ?

    Titanic Thursday, 10 November 2016 07:02 PM

    Traffic Police are going to benifit this is true unless to find a way to stop giving and taking bribe by both the party each and every one know the words using when a offender is cought by the police the words are do you like to get a Ticket or to be represent in traffic court this the way ask bribe via DM Android App

    Moorkara Thursday, 10 November 2016 07:35 PM

    spineless...prats... via DM Android App

    Sathees Thursday, 10 November 2016 07:44 PM

    Minister,I think it's best to make the Driving license examination through and suspend the license to those violate the traffic rules. Motorbike driving test should happen in real life scenario than to make an 8 with some 50 CC crap. This way is thinking for people . . .Increasing the fine is thinking of state coffers which is emptied by MPs.

    Shelly. Thursday, 10 November 2016 08:00 PM

    Provide spacious roads. Only answer to avoid breaking traffic laws. via DM Android App

    kato Thursday, 10 November 2016 08:12 PM

    my question is was there any improvement in the economy from last budget to this budget answer is NO so FM is not the suitable for this position. not even government gained anything utter rubbish proposals via DM Android App

    Arnold Thursday, 10 November 2016 08:22 PM

    IF they are so concerned about people dying on the roads, they should implement a decent public transport system, and put speed limits for tipper trucks and private buses. This is just another money making gimmick. BUT most of the money will end up in the pockets of the cops and VERY LITTLE in the coffers of the government.

    Ram Thursday, 10 November 2016 08:57 PM

    An multifold increment traffic cops.An unofficial salary hike.

    L C A Thursday, 10 November 2016 09:22 PM

    Good decision.At least the motorists will understand that the traffic rules violations are a punishable offence. This would have been increased to a minimum of Rs. 5000/- to reduce the unnecessary traffic congestion on the roads.

    ali Friday, 11 November 2016 12:29 AM

    like salary increment for traffic police without protesting.

    Henry Friday, 11 November 2016 01:03 AM

    What ever comes Private Buses and Ministers and their supporting vehicles will be eliminated, Police officers are benefited with this bonus gift!

    mikasa Friday, 11 November 2016 01:17 AM

    NOW THE TRAFFIC POLICE OFFICERS GOING TO BE LIKE COSTUME OFFICE'S. GOOD KEEP IT UP.

    Ruchira Friday, 11 November 2016 01:34 AM

    This is a one thing, that I have seen done by this government to improve the country to help to gain better traffic safety... I'm with you in this regards to...

    Citizen Friday, 11 November 2016 02:04 AM

    No matter what the proposals are unless IGP makes cops discipline. Law is effective when implemented without fear or favour if not cops will have more private buses.


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