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There had been an increase in three-wheeler and bicycle accidents during the past two years, Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said addressing the media at the Ministry this evening.

Minister Silva said that a total of 134 deaths and 142 accidents had been reported in 2016, while 147 deaths and 134 accidents were reported in 2017 to date.

“Considering the two years, the number of accidents involving three-wheelers had increased. Accidents involving cars and buses have decreased,” the Minister said.

“Therefore, the Ministry had decided to launch an awareness campaign and a training programme for three-wheeler drivers.

“The Ministry had decided to launch a special programme for a group of 200 three-wheeler driving licence applicants at the Werahera branch of the Department of Motor Traffic,” he said.

He said therefore the Ministry had increased the threshold of driving age to 35 years for three-wheelers drivers.

“These regulations are expected to be brought for the safety of the lives of the passengers and for the security of the drivers,” he added.

“The licence will only allow passengers in the vehicle. They can’t transport goods,” he said.

The Minister said there would be stricter regulations.

One will have to get a special passenger transport licence to transport people.

The Department of Motor Traffic, the Police Department, Department of Attorney General, and the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation would work together to form a national policy on three-wheelers with the support of other stake holders. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

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  • Siri de Alwis Wednesday, 14 June 2017 03:01 PM

    This is best idea one can suggest. Three wheeler is menace.Siri

    citizen Wednesday, 14 June 2017 07:10 AM

    issue new question paper everyday... via DM Android App

    srilankan Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:27 AM

    how about completely abolishing the 3 wheel import without bending over back to India!!!!

    Sira Wednesday, 14 June 2017 06:07 PM

    3wheelers are mafias in Sri Lanka, so many social problems. They dont even wear a proper cloths so that a woman can get in. Stop importing these stupid vehicles and save money. 3wheel parks are everywhere, people dont even have a space to walk. If u come to a town, u dont have a place to park ur vehicle, all the space is taken over by 3wheelers in town. Other vehicle owners have paid a lot of tax, but they dont have a place to park. govt has brought a lot of laws, non of them are adhered by these 3wheelers.. have they..?

    Mr.Perfect Wednesday, 14 June 2017 07:53 PM

    Mr. Minister, were you in dreamland all these years.?

    victor Wednesday, 14 June 2017 09:53 PM

    Imports of wheeler s the Government wanted to stop years back the minister is aware of this India pumped money to then minister to cancel the law in India no three wheel is allowed in New Delhi and many main cities

    karthi Tuesday, 13 June 2017 08:44 PM

    Three Wheel Drivers and the Private Bus Drivers never follow any traffic rules. People are not safe even in the pavements.

    Justica USA... Tuesday, 13 June 2017 11:26 PM

    also make in MADATORY to affix WIRKING meters in EVERY 3 wheelers which also should be calibrated by a govt entity every six months IF the meter malfunctions. they should be barred to have a passenger until the meter is fixed. In SL 3 wheel is a mafia...moreover have a copy of the drivers license affixed behind his seat so that the passenger can note down information to be used in an emergency. via DM Android App


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