Sun, 26 Mar 2023 Today's Paper

No more spot fines for bus drivers

2 September 2014 10:21 pm - 19     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The issuing of spot fine notices on errant bus drivers has been discontinued from the first of this month. They will be produced in court instead, said DIG (Traffic and Road Security) Amarasiri Senaratne yesterday.

This new procedure had been put in place after considering the number of traffic offences committed by bus drivers, in the hope that this number would be greatly reduced.

Despite some bus transport associations protesting against the implementation, all police stations in the island had been notified of the new rules by circular the DIG said.

This circular highlights 14 occasions of unlawful activities by bus crews, such as,  boarding passengers outside the bus halts, allowing footboard travel, the control of other vehicles by the conductor while standing on the front footboard in order to gain advantage for the bus, using mobile phones while driving, and driving with hand.

This circular also instructs the police to be more vigilant in examining vehicles for roadworthiness with the assistance of examiners and to act according to the law.  (Sanath Desmond)

  Comments - 19

  • Just Another Citizen Wednesday, 03 September 2014 06:42 AM

    Considering that it is very rare that they get stopped for breaking road rules, guess they will never be going to courts either. So in other words they are free to do what they want?

    shafie Thursday, 04 September 2014 06:08 AM

    better increase police men salary by100otherwise not possible to Implement. via DM Android App

    sam Thursday, 04 September 2014 05:43 AM

    Bus drivers r king of the god . via DM iPad app

    Sinhayaa Wednesday, 03 September 2014 09:06 AM

    Good Move.
    But also the ministers should travel on these busses to know the difficulties faced by the public. If you Travel on a 155 or 154 Bus they will stop for hours till the next bus comes and then start racing with the other making it harmful for all.

    Never the less it’s also funny how most of the policemen are inside the pockets of the bus conductors and drivers as I hardly see the police taking action for reckless driving on these routes only find them waving and smiling at each other

    Farook Wednesday, 03 September 2014 08:55 AM

    [quote name="Labby"]So the traffic cop on duty is now deprived of a fast buck. That's not a bad idea but let's hope the errant bus driver will not get away once produced in courts. It's not all wrong doers who are punished; most of them get away by some 'letter of the law'.[/quote]
    You are wrong. The policemen will be better off with the present rules as the driver will be willing to give the santhosama rather than going to courts!

    weere Wednesday, 03 September 2014 08:55 AM

    At last one significant achievement by the government .pl; include the trishaws as well as they too need to be disciplined..

    kithudugama Wednesday, 03 September 2014 08:42 AM

    ten lashes on the butt and let them continue

    ravee Wednesday, 03 September 2014 01:32 PM

    we can give more information abt this reckless guys if we are providede a method to contact DIG or represrntitives via DM Android App

    Mano Wednesday, 03 September 2014 07:41 AM

    They dont drive they fly - first to be checked are the school vans and buses which whizz past during school days. and tyhe school children still being tranported in 3 wheelers
    good news but it wont happen i am sure

    Izmy Wednesday, 03 September 2014 07:16 AM

    Spot fines or producing them in courts won't work ,bi-cos most buses are owned by cops and it is a known secret that police and bus operaters have a good friendship among them.

    s.dias Wednesday, 03 September 2014 02:41 AM

    Very well done. This will reduce number of deaths, road accidents harassment to other drivers and pedestrians etc.
    Hope police would implement the rule to letter.

    Roshan Wednesday, 03 September 2014 06:39 AM

    Good move, but in can increase the corruption. The driver will definitely try his best to bribe as he has to waste full day if he go to courts.

    Labby Wednesday, 03 September 2014 06:14 AM

    So the traffic cop on duty is now deprived of a fast buck. That's not a bad idea but let's hope the errant bus driver will not get away once produced in courts. It's not all wrong doers who are punished; most of them get away by some 'letter of the law'.

    modeya Wednesday, 03 September 2014 05:50 AM

    Damn Good. These bloody mad dogs have to be noosed

    soblurred Wednesday, 03 September 2014 04:52 AM

    Great move by the police. Driving with the hand ? What's illegal about that.

    mohamed asfar Wednesday, 03 September 2014 04:19 AM

    hats off to DIG. do not give into bus drivers. people are with u. implement the same to 3 wheel drivers also.

    piumal Wednesday, 03 September 2014 04:10 AM

    This is more gainful to traffic police

    peace Wednesday, 03 September 2014 09:06 AM

    Another route to increase income doubles.. Good

    La vérité en fin Wednesday, 03 September 2014 03:26 AM

    This is a step in the right direction IF it is not just a bunch of empty words and hot air. Just this past week I saw a bus plying from Kottawa to Mattegoda, so overloaded that it was leaning to the left and people hanging out of the bus on the footboard or hanging on to other people--and it was going too fast.

Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment

Import of South Indian eggs: Sri Lanka walks on Indian eggshells

With the increase in egg prices the government decided to import eggs to regu

Wokeism: Is it destructive, or are you afraid of change? A response

In order to critically discuss a movement, we must first understand its etymo

Defeat in Ananthapuram Battle denoted the LTTE’s end

Many battles were fought during the long war between the Sri Lankan armed for

Wokeism: A Weapon of Mass Destruction?

When can one say they’ve had enough of being in a state of ‘wokeness’ a