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The Court of Appeal today extended the operation of the police advisory banning the use of face-covered helmets until May 19.

Justice Vijith K. Malalgoda (President) gave this ruling sequent to two writ petitions filed by a Chartered Accountant and a Retired Army Major who sought an order prohibiting the authorities from taking any action on banning the use of such helmets. The two writ petitions have been postponed for May 18.

Petitioner Rtd. Major Nalaka Indrajith also sought an interim order to suspend the operation of the gazette notification No. 644/20 dated 11/1/1991.

The other petitioner Chanaka Dassanayake of Pita Kotte, a Chartered Accountant by profession, had also sought similar relief in his application.

The petitioners said the petitions were filed as Sri Lankan citizens and in the public interest.
The Police Chief, the Minister of Public Order, the Minister of Internal Transport and the Attorney General were named as respondents.  

Mr. Dassanayake said according to statistics available at the Department of Motor Traffic, as at July 2013 more than 2,642,000 motorcycles had been registered with an average of 100,000 new motorcycles registered annually since 2004.

He said more than 16,000 accidents involving motorcycles had taken place in 2012 and in view of the increasing number of such injuries; the Sri Lanka Standards Institute in 1981 drafted a comprehensive Sri Lankan Standard for the importation and use of helmets by motorcyclists. This was revised in 1994 and 2007. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)



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  • grace Monday, 27 April 2015 01:24 PM

    FULL FACE OR HALF BASE ...NO BASE FOR THE LAW..SO NO CASE ...CARRY ON WITH THE RACE...IN FULL FACE...

    Waco Monday, 27 April 2015 02:02 PM

    Struggling to take decision. What a simple matter.

    ANTON Monday, 27 April 2015 02:05 PM

    YES , THIS ISSUE WILL BECOME THE 21 ST AMENDMENT. I MEAN TO PROTECT OUR HEADS FIRST.

    lkboy Monday, 27 April 2015 03:05 PM

    Seems like this case will end up at the supreme court.

    mohan Monday, 27 April 2015 03:28 PM

    At least ban full face helmet on pavement (off bike)

    John Monday, 27 April 2015 03:59 PM

    A fine oportunity to ban full tinted car windows too, as the drug peddlars are able to thrive behind the tint? It was banned some years ago, but politics won - now with the change to law and order, the Govt should revive the law and ban it for good.

    Mohamed Faiz Tuesday, 28 April 2015 01:28 PM

    WHY MAKE A BIG ISSUE ON THE FULL FACE HELMET. IT IS GOOD THAT ONE SHOULD WEAR A HELMET WHEN RIDING. ASKING THE RIDER NOT TO WEAR THE HELMET IS WRONG. IN THE MEANTIME THE RIDER IS ALSO WRONG - ONCE HE STOPS THE BIKE HE TOO SHOULD REMOVE THE HELMET. HE TOO SHOULD NOT WALK AROUND WEARING THE HELMET. HE TOO SHOULD CO-OPERATE.ANY PERSON WALKING AROUND WITH THE HELMET SHOULD BE CHARGED IMMEDIATELY AND PUT TO COURTS. IT SHOULD BE MADE CRIMINAL OFFENCE.BY DOING THIS IT WILL BE A FAIR DEAL.


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