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The Transport Ministry has begun monitoring driving schools to ensure they provide a quality service and will take stringent measures against them when necessary, the Transport Ministry said today. 

“Road accidents are increasing annually. 90% of road accidents take place solely due to reckless driving. Driving schools are responsible for the standard of driving in the country. If they do not take adequate measures to improve their standards we will cancel their driving school permits,” Deputy Transport Minister, Rohana Dissanayake said.

He said that driving schools will be monitored every four months. He said that the ministry will collect information on driving schools as well as those with driving licenses and keep a tab on the number of road accidents that take place on a regular basis.

“If we find that driving schools are producing a significant number of reckless drivers we will have to take action against them. If they are functioning very poorly we will have to revoke their driving school permits,” he said.

He said driving schools take large bribes from their students and pass them from their examinations based on bribes and the ministry has received a number of complaints on the matter. “On some occasions the tutor takes the driving students for a drink and it is unprofessional for them to behave in that manner,” he said.

He said there are 644 driving schools in the country of which seven are run by the Ceylon Transport Board.  (Olindhi Jayasundere)

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  • Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 07 January 2011 11:56 AM

    All that they do is "driving other people mad"!

    WAC Friday, 07 January 2011 12:29 PM

    Monitoring is regulators job. What is Transport Commission doing about this?
    Why dont you look after the CTB and Railways well.

    crazy Saturday, 08 January 2011 12:20 AM

    Mr.Minister, Please clean up your premises. This all happens with RMV examiners who through candidates for money... Please remove the root. No point of walking around....

    Yehiya-Doha Friday, 07 January 2011 02:30 PM

    First bring the CTB & Railway to track.

    the undertaker Friday, 07 January 2011 09:41 AM

    mr.minister- 1st clean your own department( RMV Examiners who take bribes) you should prosecute both the bribe giver & accept

    Leslie Friday, 07 January 2011 02:39 PM

    Why not monitor the MPs and Ministers drivers. as well as the bus drivers. They are the most reckless ones on the highway.

    MK Friday, 07 January 2011 09:49 AM

    Specially look at those who taught driving for private bus drivers and 3-wheeler drivers!

    Wimal_Madawansa Friday, 07 January 2011 10:05 AM

    We will request the army officers to do this aswell inaddition to selling vegetables.

    lankaputha Friday, 07 January 2011 10:14 AM

    When the deer escaped, the minister is caning the skin of a deer at home

    CF Friday, 07 January 2011 10:25 AM

    Thats good. Can we appoint an MP to handle the "Driver Unlearning School" that is neded. See all the Armed Forces have learned bad driving habbits by taking the VVIP's around and now first they need to "Unlearn" the bad driving habbits.

    Mahadana mutta Friday, 07 January 2011 10:37 AM

    your spot on lanka putha!

    Cobra Friday, 07 January 2011 10:41 AM

    What should concern the Transport Ministry is the exhorbitant fees the driving schools charge learners and the shady deals they have with the RMV officials.


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