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16 November 2016 07:43 pm - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The minimum fine of Rs. 2,500 was intended for driving under the influence of liquor and driving without driving licence, Cabinet Co-Spokesman Gayantha Karunathilaka said today.

Addressing media at the weekly Cabinet briefing at the Parliament Complex Minister Karunathilaka said the minimum fine proposed in the budget presented by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake targeted those who drove under the influence of liquor and those drove without a licence.

“However, there is an increment of road accidents at least 10 per day, which has come to the level of road terrorism,” he said.

“The decision was taken to reduce the number of accidents and protect the people,” he said.
“Now the question is that, whether the penalty of minimum fine was reasonable or not,” the Minister said.

“These offences will not come into operation until the budget is passed in Parliament,” he said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

  Comments - 4

  • F J Wednesday, 16 November 2016 07:57 PM

    For the pundits in the parliament. You are not supposed to drink and drive in the first place. Having a fine will legalise drunk driving. Lets drink and drive and pay the fine anyway.

    Lanka Wednesday, 16 November 2016 09:23 PM

    Take their license away.....drunkeds have no business behind the wheels!!

    Lalindra Wednesday, 16 November 2016 09:30 PM

    Yanne Koheda - Malle Pol. If the 2,500 fine was intended for drunk driving and driving without a license then apply it to only those two offenses. Why penalise the rest of the offenders?

    Harry Thursday, 17 November 2016 07:40 AM

    Looks the cabinet co-spokesman is unaware what FM needs to implement! Would it be a deal with private bus thugs? What a mess!

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