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The police are to strictly monitor vehicles and take action against them, if they are engaged in transporting more than the given seat capacity of passengers.

They warned trishaws not to transport passengers above its given seating capacity. Police media spokesman Ajith Rohana said that these steps were taken following the accident in Mount Lavinia.

“We don’t have a problem if the vehicle is transporting children who are under the age of 12. But in the vehicle registration license it is been mentioned about the seating capacity and the number of persons the vehicle can transport,” he said.

“These laws are there in the Police Ordinance but the police had not been very strict with these laws especially because of school children who are under this age category,” he said.

Meanwhile the police suggested a number of implantations that will enable them to strictly regulate school vans.

He said that there is a necessity to set standards on the road worthiness of vehicles transporting school children as well as school van drivers. (Supun Dias)
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  • John Fernandez Sunday, 29 January 2012 08:35 AM

    My husband and I went to a dinner part in a 5 seater car. After the party, some of our friends wanted lifts. They didn't care how many people can accommodate inside the vhicle. What they saw was a car with 4 tires. Apart from the two of us 6 others got into it without listening to our plea. They didn't care that my husband will be in trouble if caught by police. This is how some people think of a vehicle. Typical Sri Lankans.

    fuzooli Saturday, 28 January 2012 12:53 PM

    Start this from the public transport...

    Nodrog Saturday, 28 January 2012 01:10 PM

    For how long? Typical knee-jerk reactions.

    Abdul Saturday, 28 January 2012 01:40 PM

    will they monitor 3 wheelers and private buses ?

    rukshan Saturday, 28 January 2012 05:03 PM

    start it with private buses and ac buses first

    Josh Saturday, 28 January 2012 07:16 PM

    as far as i know, 3 wheelers arnd cmb already have this restriction.. the tuk drivers dont like to transport more than 4 people as they say police are catching them.. its been on for a 2 months now..

    asoka abeywardena Saturday, 28 January 2012 07:31 PM

    please start with bus number 177 kaduwela kollupitiya...and we are not allowed to use the small set of seats which are in the aisle...

    Toto Saturday, 28 January 2012 09:11 PM

    What about motorbikes and scooters ????

    Reality Saturday, 28 January 2012 11:05 PM

    Better to start with the road worthiness of police vehicles, some of them are in a terrible condition.

    THILACK KOHOMBA Saturday, 28 January 2012 11:52 PM

    WHY CANT POLICE PEOPLE NOT CHACKING MOTARBYCKS.POLICE MOTOR BYCKS ALLSO TRANSPOTING THREE FOUR PEOPLE.

    Lanka Sunday, 29 January 2012 01:35 AM

    3 wheelers the police could see to their open eyes and easy to spot and stop and fine them. They have the law implemented but not active.

    xlntgson Sunday, 29 January 2012 01:51 AM

    This should be done by the provincial transport authority, such extra duties to police are loathed, and there has been a history of connivance for special consideration, cash or kind!

    Chamalka Sunday, 29 January 2012 03:34 AM

    WIll this be applicable to private buses too ???

    shantha Monday, 30 January 2012 06:47 AM

    All hell broke out after 22 year old driver of a van carrying boys and o/L A/L girls collided with a bus. But remember the police will take every action to curtail the number of children in a van, but van owners will increase the fees to suit their purse. Who will suffer? Again the poor parents. Whom can we turn to?

    Nodrog Monday, 30 January 2012 06:53 AM

    Please buy a bigger car if you have friends like that.


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