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8 May 2012 12:35 am - 50     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The police department will from today strictly implement the law which only allows three passengers to travel on the rear seat of a three-wheeler.

Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said this would help minimise road accidents. He said between April 1 and May 7 there had been 27 accidents involving three-wheelers leaving 34 people killed.

SP Rohana said legal action would be taken against the three-wheeler owner and the driver if an accident were to take place and added that some 670,000 three-wheelers were registered to operate in the country.

Meanwhile, the three-wheeler meter-taxi association yesterday welcomed the move to implement the law limiting the number of passengers on a three-wheeler to three. (Indika Hewawitharana)

  Comments - 50

  • Bigfoot Tuesday, 08 May 2012 02:57 AM

    Get a TATA or a Leyland!

    mohan Tuesday, 08 May 2012 02:38 AM

    safety first

    Just Another Citizen Tuesday, 08 May 2012 02:39 AM

    Good move, what about 5 people on motorbikes? True that it is a hit to the family, but they need to value the lives of their loved ones. We need to stop comparing ourselves to other Asian countries & need to evolve.

    janaka Tuesday, 08 May 2012 02:42 AM

    five including babies on motor cycles?

    rosahi Tuesday, 08 May 2012 03:15 AM

    Good move to save lives.. I see the driver having their child on the lap, sometimes.It is good that order is being established on the road.Time to change our Sri Lankan unruly life styles.

    danu Tuesday, 08 May 2012 12:23 PM

    The accidents to be minimized.stop the driving of heavy vehicles in the day time

    Dinesh Tuesday, 08 May 2012 03:19 AM

    Better implement it buses as well

    Dinesh Tuesday, 08 May 2012 03:20 AM

    Can they afford ?

    ram Tuesday, 08 May 2012 03:21 AM

    While increasing prices of everything, why this rules,f want to minimize road accident, please enforce other road rules, as well as improve road conditions, What about 3 folds of over loaded passengers in public transport bus and trains, do the govt. think over loaded bus and trains never meet accidents. only to 3 wheels and cars/vans. Wh double game for govt . and public different law.

    Buff Tuesday, 08 May 2012 03:33 AM

    When your poor family meets with an accident and all get seriously injured you can also blame the government ???? These laws must be implemented for the good of all and Hooray for the Government, people like you will find something to complain about the government.

    human Tuesday, 08 May 2012 12:32 PM

    The meter taxi will do what ever to raise money for themselves, but the people who travel are the once have to pay, normally 4 people an travel in a rear seat of a three-wheeler, but this government thinks, us people have lot of money to spend so they made it 3. Wow what a law.... is this the future we want.

    Impartial Tuesday, 08 May 2012 03:16 AM

    Can someone educate me please. How is only three in the rear seat going to minimise accidents???

    Yohan Perera Tuesday, 08 May 2012 04:48 AM

    Do or die, in case of a tragic accident!!!

    Noor Tuesday, 08 May 2012 05:10 AM

    Trishaw itself is not safe vehicle to travel, better ban trishaws in Sri Lanka.

    dd Tuesday, 08 May 2012 05:42 AM

    yeah..... no 3 wheel accidents from today since only 3 people can travel at a time

    Ex Army Tuesday, 08 May 2012 05:56 AM

    they are trying to minimize the casualties after the accident.

    Kangaroo2 Tuesday, 08 May 2012 06:09 AM

    For How long .................?

    01. This is how the Smoking in public places law came and went.
    02. Noice pollution law came and went.
    03. Seat belt law came in and it has already started to fade away..

    There is no point of this law Coz I have seen Three weelars without lights in the night, even they always go on the wrong side.................... want these things cause accidents?

    Mahajanaya Wednesday, 09 May 2012 04:57 AM

    Ban trishaws in Sri Lanka? Implement it buses as well most of families included with four people so this is stupid idea at least four people can go on it that’s fine. Please be practical.

    shantha madawela Tuesday, 08 May 2012 06:56 AM

    what about private buses....

    Bigfoot Tuesday, 08 May 2012 07:00 AM

    That goes not only to the three wheel drives but to all Sri Lankans of all ages and social positions. In Sri Lanka there is not social manners or etiquette.

    buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 08 May 2012 07:00 AM

    The three wheeler is dangerous to be driven with higher loads than intended.

    Mervyn Wednesday, 09 May 2012 02:29 PM

    It is very good to limit the number of passengers (three only) that a three wheeler can transport. Additionally, at the first time the driver and the owner should be fined and should be annotated in the ownership documents. However, if caught second time then three wheeler should be confiscated, licence of the driver withdrawn in addition to fines levid. In western countries a normal sedan can carry only four passengers without the driver if caught carrying more the driver will be punished and the extra passengers are ordered to find another mode of transportation.

    bala Tuesday, 08 May 2012 07:04 AM

    3 adult passengers is about 2 adults and 2 kids

    Firstlady Wednesday, 09 May 2012 05:20 AM

    What about Motorbikes with 3 -4 (adults/kids)?

    Javi Tuesday, 08 May 2012 07:11 AM

    Its good, we hope police won't misuse to make pocket money

    malkanthi Tuesday, 08 May 2012 07:25 AM

    Dont worry this law is temporary as many other.

    malkanthi Tuesday, 08 May 2012 07:26 AM

    Big fellows are racing like devils and these small battas are being penalized.??

    garawi Wednesday, 09 May 2012 05:40 AM

    I have seen 5 persons in the back seat at times. This makes the three wheeler unstable and lopsided making it topple taking bends. That is one way of minimizing accidents.

    ravi Tuesday, 08 May 2012 07:33 AM

    can used china auto 6 person can travel. no need worry small auto haah

    henry Tuesday, 08 May 2012 07:41 AM

    dear black mamba,
    sri lanka cannot be developed because of your kind of people living there. its high time that you people terminated

    Buff Tuesday, 08 May 2012 08:20 AM

    By a Mini van or walk.................

    Saradial Tuesday, 08 May 2012 09:02 AM

    You need some Physics knowledge to understand

    K.V.Wajira Hemantha Tuesday, 08 May 2012 09:53 AM

    Traffic cops will buy LED flat screens instead existing old model TV at their houses....!!!!

    Amila.G Tuesday, 08 May 2012 09:55 AM

    Are we short of rules and regulations or short of catching the culprits. This Country will never never come right.

    Asoka Tuesday, 08 May 2012 10:18 AM

    overloading is also a reason for accidents.

    Lingua bona Tuesday, 08 May 2012 01:26 AM

    Good move but I would like to see the police strictly implement other rules on the road, such as buses racing and speeding down Galle Road and excessive use of horns, say at Dehiwala Junction.

    Patriot Tuesday, 08 May 2012 11:02 AM

    Good move. It's about time we moved forward with proper laws.

    Black Mamba Tuesday, 08 May 2012 12:54 AM

    Another hit on the poor family that couldn't afford a vehicle of their own. So a mother, father and their two kids sitting on their laps is out of the question? Welcome to the Miracle of Asia!!!

    Black Mamba Tuesday, 08 May 2012 01:15 AM

    When paranoia hits them there is no end to it!!!!

    DEEN Tuesday, 08 May 2012 01:31 AM


    Royalist Tuesday, 08 May 2012 01:45 AM

    Mother, Son & Daughter in the back seat... Father can drive the 3-Wheeler.... time to get a license!

    Sisama Friday, 11 May 2012 12:49 PM

    yes they have to implement the other rules as well like Lingua bona

    Royalist Tuesday, 08 May 2012 01:51 AM

    A Chinese lesson for us: One child family!

    TruePatriot Tuesday, 08 May 2012 11:31 AM

    3 wheelers have no doors. If there are 4-5 passengers on the back seat, and the 3 wheeler goes at 50kmph and has to suddenly brake, people will go flying from the sides because they're not securely positioned.
    it's quite simple actually.
    those who complain about 'cant afford', although we all have sympathy for those who cannot afford a bigger vehicle, the answer is not to put ppl in danger, but for the govt to improve the public transport system so they can make those journeys safely by bus or train.

    Lingua bona Tuesday, 08 May 2012 11:38 AM

    I reply via myself: Is there no end to the cynical and sarcastic comments on this country's problems? None of us has a magic wand, but we all might offer something positive and then beat the shit out of those who go against the grain of common sense and basic decency.

    lankashantha Tuesday, 08 May 2012 02:24 AM

    This is sure $%^&.
    In the future No more standing passengers in the bus.
    Only 42.
    Oh my God! These people think this land is with very rich people.

    joker Tuesday, 08 May 2012 02:32 AM

    and teach those idiots some road manners as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 08 May 2012 11:43 AM

    Human beings are intelligent and need to be plan their life unlike cats and dogs. Number of children is according to the level of care one can provide and financial capability. If you are unable to provide adequate care to children, then it is your duty to restrict the number of children in your life, unless you want to live similar to an animal without civilised responsibilities.

    kuma Tuesday, 08 May 2012 02:26 AM

    What about the speeding defender vehicles? do they need to practice any traffic rules?

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