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The gazette notice on increasing traffic fines up to Rs.25,000 will be delayed until the end of this month because of loopholes in the Motor Traffic Act (MTA), Chairman of the National Council for Road Safety, Dr. Sisira Kodagoda said today.

“Even though the fine for reckless driving has been increased to Rs.10,000, MTA does not give a proper definition of reckless driving and if the gazette notice is issued without rectifying these shortcomings, the police can enforce the law as they wish,” he said.

Dr. Kodagoda said they had reduced the fine for speeding to Rs.3,000 in the wake of requests made by several parties, but an additional 20 per cent would be added based on the extent of exceeding the speed limit.

He said the fine for overtaking from the left and using mobile phones while driving is Rs.2,000 and the fine for vehicles driven by minors the fine has been increased from Rs.5,000 to Rs.30,000.

Meanwhile, the maximum fine of Rs.25,000 will be implemented for offences such as driving under the influence liquor or drugs, driving without a valid licence or using those without a driving lisence to drive vehicles, carelessly crossing a railway track and driving a vehicle without valid insurance cover. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 5

  • AjithZ Wednesday, 16 August 2017 08:26 AM

    Cannot agree with the fine for overtaking from left. This is unavoidable since some drivers use the fast lane to go very slowly and fair distance behind the vehicle in front. However much you signal them, they won't move fast or move the vehicle to left allowing others to go ahead. Overtaking from left is the only option unless you are prepared to stay behind wasting time and creating unnecessary traffic block.

    lkboy Wednesday, 16 August 2017 11:24 AM

    Yes. agree.

    ase Wednesday, 16 August 2017 01:59 PM

    another justified his own wrong doing

    sarath Wednesday, 16 August 2017 12:57 PM

    no fines for driving on two lanes ( wheels on both lanes)

    ceylon Wednesday, 16 August 2017 08:03 PM

    fines increasing for poor.nothing taken from trillions stolen. via DM Android App


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