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The Private Transport Minister told Parliament yesterday that steps would be taken to cancel the driving licences of those who drive with one hand on the steering.
 
Minister C. B. Ratnayake said driving with one hand on the steering was an offence under motor traffic laws, but a large number of drivers violated this law, as most of them use mobile phones while driving. Mr. Ratnayake said the police have been advised to strictly enforce these laws.

He said the same would apply to those who ride motor bikes without their helmets. “Some wear helmets only when they ride past a policeman," he said.(Yohan Perera)
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  • AJP Monday, 16 December 2013 12:23 PM

    Happy for bribe policemen........

    vinesh Athukorala Sunday, 15 December 2013 12:27 AM

    Hik.. Hik.. this also for poor public.. Not for the influenced from Montessori..!! Shame

    OMG Saturday, 14 December 2013 10:01 AM

    I see the traffic cops are rubbing their palms already.

    Every new traffic rule gives them more income, if you know what I mean.

    Zscore Sunday, 15 December 2013 02:21 PM

    Then get rid of the traffic. You have to change the gear so many times that you have to keep one hand on the gear and the other on the steering wheel and as if there aren't bigger issues than this. Jobless people....

    Suq Madique Saturday, 14 December 2013 10:30 AM

    Arrogant dangerous escort vehicle drivers are a bigger menace than one-handed divers

    sarosh Tuesday, 17 December 2013 10:33 AM

    NO hand signals required wow

    mada kattaa Sunday, 15 December 2013 12:00 AM

    Come on... have a life.Typical Siri Lanka! via DM Android App

    Nihal B Saturday, 14 December 2013 12:54 PM

    There are no traffic laws in this country, this man is joking or drunk.

    Game Kolla Saturday, 14 December 2013 01:15 PM

    We must have vehicles with Auto gear, voice control panel to operate lights, wipers, radio, signals,shutters,A/C etc...?

    Ami Saturday, 14 December 2013 01:44 PM

    Non-sense at it's best ! In other terms, your both hands should be glued to the steering at all times and it should be satisfactory to the cops on the way side ! I'd rather walk or take public transport , if this is passed !

    el Saturday, 14 December 2013 02:06 PM

    Private transport minister has no jurisdiction over the department of motor traffic or the police. He can only enforce this in private buses.

    Also private transport minister hasnt heard of manual transmission cars!

    raj Saturday, 14 December 2013 06:37 AM

    How about politicians driving on the wrong side? Why not make that legal for politicians

    raj Sunday, 15 December 2013 05:50 AM

    What if I have to scratch my head?

    Malli Saturday, 14 December 2013 03:19 PM

    Raj, still it has not become a law for the politicians!

    Banana Republic Sunday, 15 December 2013 05:57 AM

    Folks from today you change gear with your teeth.

    Sanyo Saturday, 14 December 2013 04:27 PM

    Two hands were needed before the introduction of power steering. Laws need to be re-written to keep up with the times, pity some people have not kept up with the times

    walapane Saturday, 14 December 2013 04:30 PM

    Minister, I'm from your area. your bus drivers are the worst on kandy-padiyapelella-nuwara eliya route. They drive like idiots. Try to make their dicipline first before giving wedi bana to others.

    hushaard Saturday, 14 December 2013 12:00 AM

    these guys need to find better things to keep them occupied via DM Android App

    ANTON Saturday, 14 December 2013 03:06 AM

    HEY, WHAT THE HECK THEY HAVE BEEN DOING WITH THE OTHER HAND ???

    sach Sunday, 15 December 2013 08:41 AM

    what about changing gears?

    Goofy Saturday, 14 December 2013 03:08 AM

    This is common sense and is already the law. The problem in Sri Lanka today is know one seems to know the law. Well in a country with no rule of the law it makes no sense to to be knowledgable of the laws.

    Yuri Saturday, 14 December 2013 03:12 AM

    What would be situation when you change hear ? will they provide another hand?

    jk Saturday, 14 December 2013 05:03 PM

    Dying to see Traffic Police taking action against drivers of Land Rover Defenders who always drive with one hand while the other hand is outside the vehicle waving at other drivers to give way. Rule is a rule and should apply to all.

    Matilda Fernando Saturday, 14 December 2013 06:07 PM

    Who is going to change gear in manual cars? At least say that driving and chatting on the mobile phone is prohibited.

    Maggie Sunday, 15 December 2013 10:17 AM

    Good question.

    sanjaya dias Monday, 16 December 2013 11:40 AM

    make sure no head scratch, body scratch or even sniff with hand cover while driving.


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