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The Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) President Gemunu Wijeratne said today some 25 per cent of the vehicle drivers were known to drive their vehicles after smoking ganja also known as cannabis.

“This will affect the bus industry as well and is one of reasons for the increase in the number of accidents,” Mr. Wijeratne said.

There are several drugs and pills in the market which drivers are known to use and most of the accidents occur when they fall asleep at the wheel.” He said the Motor Traffic Act should be amended  to include regulations to punish drug adicts who drive vehicles.   

Mr. Wijeratne said a proposal had been submitted to Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

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  • Mevan Tuesday, 10 January 2017 12:44 PM

    Keep drug peddlers like "wele suda" and "kudu dumiya" in jail forever.

    Coconut Republic Monday, 09 January 2017 07:57 PM

    OMG...who is talking about the drivers? What a change in attitude? ??Since the fact has come out, place the drivers on a surprise checks. Target initially, the 35 yrs and below and the rest on a random. If found even a minimum level , cancel his driving licence on the spot and report to all authorities concern to save the other road users. Same applies to the trishaw drivers too.

    Kadiya Monday, 09 January 2017 08:04 PM

    The worst are those who drive private buses!!!

    ceylon Monday, 09 January 2017 08:46 PM

    terrible.vote again for mahindagotaduminda and lanzato make all drivers drug addicts. via DM Android App

    Hawker Monday, 09 January 2017 09:00 PM

    When new suggestions are propose to amend on motor traffic act to punish these drug adicts. First bus drivers association will step on to street to protest and the government opposition will stay behind to support them. via DM Android App

    Sonali Tuesday, 10 January 2017 05:12 AM

    The main reason they drive like maniacs is because they have to reach their daily targets come hell or high waters. Also, these drivers have no shifts so they drive the same bus maybe 12 to 14 hours a day 365.Now that is a recipe for disaster.

    Leo Tuesday, 10 January 2017 06:04 AM

    How many of your drivers are under the influence You want the gourvenment to stop as you dont have the backbone to keep your drivers in check. via DM Android App

    Citizen Ash Tuesday, 10 January 2017 04:42 PM

    The surprise checks should include the ministers too as there is a serious concern on cocaine use. via DM Android App

    Don Monday, 09 January 2017 05:38 PM

    Urine test for narcotics random to keep them in check. via DM Android App

    nick Monday, 09 January 2017 05:53 PM

    this shows why they dont want the 25k fine if he says 25% surely that more like 60% of them drug addict drivers so better increase the fine 200k if drunk caught via DM Android App

    gdj100 Monday, 09 January 2017 05:59 PM

    The first valid statement made him since his birth...miracle!


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