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The Police is to strictly impose the law against all persons travelling in the driving seat or the front passenger seat of a motor vehicle with an English number plate, who fails to wear his/her seat belt with effect from today (October 1, 2011).  
 
The penalty for not wearing the seat belt would be a first conviction fine of not less than Rs.1,000 and not more than Rs.2,000, second conviction fine of not less than Rs.2,000 and not more than Rs.3000 and the third a conviction fine of not less than Rs.3,500 and the cancellation of the driving licence.
 
The police department said that many people die due to road accidents as they have failed to wear the seat belts. Therefore the police are to conduct more patrolling on the main roads of the cities and suburbs to check motorists in order to ascertain if motorists are obeying the new regulations with the implementation of the new law. 
 
The provisions of these regulations will not apply to a person whose height does not exceed 1.5 metres or persons who are exempted from wearing a body restraining seat belt on the recommendation of a Registered Medical Practitioner.
 
Also drivers of vehicles, who hold a valid Medical Certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner stating that it is medically inadvisable for such person to wear a seat belt, need not wear a seat belt while performing maneuvers which include reversing. (Supun Dias)
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  • meranchi Sunday, 02 October 2011 09:19 AM

    this is very old rules when you sit on driving seat clearly states wear a seat belt why authority very late to notice accident not due to seat belt due to road system all the highways must be one way driving then can reduce road accident..., [MAGAMARUWA]

    anoja Sunday, 02 October 2011 09:41 AM

    This is another joke. First and foremost the police must adhere to the rules I saw the Kirulapone OIC without a seat belt driving a Police jeep to Cargills last night I asked him and he laughed but made no attempt to wear the belt. They need to set an example first

    gona Monday, 03 October 2011 09:46 AM

    1st think put down price of the cars and the vans and put all the old cars and van to Habantota to make it new world.

    dilishan Saturday, 01 October 2011 05:16 PM

    gud idea

    MrLanka Saturday, 01 October 2011 05:19 PM

    Better late than never... Good move.

    Dinesh Sunday, 02 October 2011 04:43 AM

    How about disciplining the bus drivers. They kill more people than people dying not wearing seat belts.

    Maybe, not enough people have died to take action against them, or the police is afraid of them because the buses are owned by politicians

    ase Sunday, 02 October 2011 04:52 AM

    a good move but first stop overtakeing left, teach road rules an to obey them, more than 2per. on a mobike, then stop kids travelling in front seates, more than allowed in 3 wheelers, buses, overloading lorries those are the major causes in sri lanka, failing breaking power, not failier in breaking system. as long as we behav the way we do at the moment, not even god can save us.

    BF Sunday, 02 October 2011 05:19 AM

    A very good move.

    Peace Sunday, 02 October 2011 06:02 AM

    I checked and the Traffic Policemen do not know, that the provisions of these regulations will not apply to a person whose height does not exceed 1.5 metres or persons who are exempted from wearing a body restraining seat belt on the recommendation of a Registered Medical Practitioner.

    Will anyone please help to take up this matter.


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