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The government has decided to make wearing seat belts compulsory while driving vehicles with English number plates and also imposed a ban on driving vehicles with garage numbers or CC numbers, the President’s Office said.

“In order to curtail the import rackets, the government has decided to impose a ban for using garage numbers or CC numbers with immediate effect,” the President’s office said in a statement.

The statement also said the strict action would be taken on those who are using Cellular phone while driving.

The import of passenger buses and lorries with seat belts are also made compulsory with immediate effect.

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  • Ananda Saturday, 25 December 2010 04:16 AM

    Special ban required for those who use Mobile Phones while driving. Not only the requirement of seat belts.

    VEL Saturday, 25 December 2010 09:44 AM

    It is good announcement This statement is not for the ordinary Srilankans,If anybody who they VIP,they also to be following rules.For that,the Police Service is being genuinley.

    Asantha Saturday, 25 December 2010 08:52 AM

    Is this for MR's Family too or are they exempted

    Thas Saturday, 25 December 2010 07:15 AM

    The MR's office has nothing better to do. This should be done by the Police or Motor Traffic Office. What a President and his office.

    azweer Saturday, 25 December 2010 07:16 AM

    An excellent move, which will be appreciated by the whole nation. Will it be applicable to all citizens of this country?

    Fair N Square Saturday, 25 December 2010 06:49 AM

    ONLY English number plates? LOL is it coz of what the Brits did to MR on his trip? If for the purpose of safety the passengers of all vehicles equipped with the seat belt option should be made compulsory . I guess all vehicles 16 sri series and above has the seat belt option. the 32-, 65- 300- are also equipped so let them adhere to the same law as well. Aslo make it law for the drivers NOT to get off the vehicle until the officer approaches him/her in the vehicle.

    This could be safe for the officers and also to know if the drivers were wearing the seat belt or even check on the vehicles seat belt option.

    How about ministers using 2 similar cars with identical number plates? I have seen many such vehicles. Now the war is over and no need for all these "POSH" attitudes and also no need for a fleet of security vehicles. coz it's the govt who say there is NO terrorism and all are safe including the foreign tourists.

    Said Hussein Saturday, 25 December 2010 06:30 AM

    It is also good to ban standing passengers in buses.
    How about seat belts for train engine drivers ?

    Said Hussein.

    Fair N Square Saturday, 25 December 2010 06:34 AM

    Seat belts is a good idea but better do something about errant Private bus drivers too who are a menace to society.They honk the horn as if they are chasing away the Elephants. It could burst he ear drums of lil kids and also the way they drive, People should video the way they drive and submit to the news media and relevant authorities, so they can revoke the licence of the Driver FOR EVER and also the conductor for aiding and abetting.

    These goons risk the lives of around 40-50 people inside the bus n many more outside.

    dude Saturday, 25 December 2010 06:08 AM

    nice one

    Ranjith Saturday, 25 December 2010 04:40 AM

    They are connected to the so called rulers of ours

    Siripala Saturday, 25 December 2010 04:38 AM

    I know it is smoke and mirrors. They announce a headline grabbing piece of news and then quietly backtrack.

    waz Saturday, 25 December 2010 03:01 AM

    regardles of what ppl say, i think this is a great move by the government, it has been proven that seat belts save lives, and pls start doing some thing about buses.

    anemagekata Saturday, 25 December 2010 02:14 AM

    what do the standing passengers do? Tie them up to the poles with coir ropes??

    wins Saturday, 25 December 2010 02:06 AM

    Now seat belts, A ha ,,, we already have stomach belts.

    Passenger Saturday, 25 December 2010 01:59 AM

    Of course, seat belts are essential for passengers in buses.

    Ranjith Gurugamage Saturday, 25 December 2010 01:55 AM

    How about TV/DVD players which disturb driving-Argee

    manel Saturday, 25 December 2010 01:24 AM

    another way to increase state income

    Amarapala Saturday, 25 December 2010 12:52 AM

    Is it applicable to everyone or only for ordinary citizens

    James Cook Saturday, 25 December 2010 12:21 AM

    another Xmas/new year bonanza for hard working cops in the Island.

    Chathu Saturday, 25 December 2010 12:18 AM

    Yes Vijith. We should have that too.

    Freelanced Monday, 27 December 2010 08:52 AM

    Whats wrong in that ? They are the most vulnerable to be ejected in an accident.

    VEL Sunday, 26 December 2010 12:35 PM


    Priyan Sunday, 26 December 2010 06:30 AM

    Why we need seat belts, we don't have a suitable road to drive a car. If anyone recently travel to Anauradhapura via Dambull will get real off road experience in our main highways.

    hemalatha Sunday, 26 December 2010 03:49 AM

    that is service charge [tips]

    hemalatha Sunday, 26 December 2010 03:46 AM

    that is definitely poor officer's

    Dee Sunday, 26 December 2010 02:49 AM

    Hey what about those decade old vehicles with G8 / G9 numbers??

    Dee Sunday, 26 December 2010 02:48 AM

    Mr. President! seatbelt rule good move! As for CC numbers? what will you do for all the crooks who use WPC 2010/2011 numbers?? some still use WPC 2007/2008.

    whataload Saturday, 25 December 2010 04:24 PM

    and ban ALL the speeding cars, inluding the civilian cars with flash lights on....

    Jude Fernando Friday, 24 December 2010 11:08 PM


    SR Saturday, 25 December 2010 04:18 PM

    Don't say like that. Today I did a test drive in a Prado for about fifteen minutes with a CC number and was syopped twice to check the log book of the plate.

    Imthiyas Saturday, 25 December 2010 04:05 PM

    Good Move But Its a basic thing for the self safe!!!

    Buddhi Saturday, 25 December 2010 03:40 PM

    These rules do not apply for politicians.

    Dillon Saturday, 25 December 2010 02:09 PM

    But whenever an accident happens you people start blaming the govt. and MR. That's the truth..

    KD Saturday, 25 December 2010 02:07 PM

    Hilarious. So you are against making seat belts compulsory. Tunnel vision at its best.

    KD Saturday, 25 December 2010 01:59 PM

    Tell me the same, when you get fined tomorrow.

    KD Saturday, 25 December 2010 01:58 PM

    What's so special with white vans? White or silver doesn't matter :)

    Bernard Saturday, 25 December 2010 01:46 PM

    Very good indeed. Stop overtaking from the left side too.

    shihan Saturday, 25 December 2010 01:17 PM

    Then how about other number plates? we should die?

    pandula Friday, 24 December 2010 02:35 PM

    I thought those things were already in law books without perfect application. is this a new finding of MR office? Bring law equal to all.

    Dr Friday, 24 December 2010 03:28 PM

    A very good decision by the head of the state after along time in favor of citizens. But should be applied to all categories of the society including poor ministers and other politicos.
    Hope that it has not been introduced to increase fine income.
    Also seat belt should not be a option in taxation at the custom office when importing, which is happening now.

    crishantha Friday, 24 December 2010 03:25 PM

    This is not the first time the Government says this. But still 90% drivers without seat belts... Funny country

    tiger Friday, 24 December 2010 03:22 PM

    Good move-then tthe old vehicles are less risk without Seat Belt???- re-CC number- you shoyuld implement to all the Ministers staff too- Nobody should be above the Law-

    Hash Friday, 24 December 2010 03:17 PM

    Hope it wont be like last time

    Cobra Friday, 24 December 2010 03:17 PM

    Well and good if the law stays put. There is also supposed to be a law against tinted glasses in vehicles but they are there all the same and nothing is done about them. Blow hot blow cold syndrome!!!

    Sicillain Friday, 24 December 2010 03:02 PM

    Excellent and superb. Is it only for the driver? Front seat passengers or for all?

    Minister Friday, 24 December 2010 03:06 PM

    Imposing seat belt rule is good. But unless Police does something to bring about road discipline, all such rules will be of no use. IGP, over to you.

    net Friday, 24 December 2010 02:47 PM

    Onions ,vegetables and necessary items are very expensive govt should give priority for thises first rather than trying to compulsary having seat belts while driving and to get remove tinted glsaes and etc. this is kids work

    Arun Friday, 24 December 2010 02:49 PM

    good move!!!!

    Silva Friday, 24 December 2010 02:44 PM

    Good move but cops will enjoy too!!!!!!!!!!

    vijith Friday, 24 December 2010 03:41 PM

    Very good move. Should also make compulsory to have child seats when children travel in motor cars and taxies.

    sxhabeeb Friday, 24 December 2010 02:18 PM

    Wel that sound good, and why different for the non english numbers, any one who travel on the front seat belt must be compulsory, and no one under 14 years should travel on the front seat. Sound of Leyland busses are disgusting and disturbing. that also should be banned. using horn unessarily should be banned. hording on the road sides makes another head ache. if the govt worried about the safety of the people they should ban all of the above.

    idiot Friday, 24 December 2010 02:17 PM

    my foot,
    what will happen to the nasty leylands with english numbers?

    Can we for once bring in a law that be enforced.

    If this is wisdom, i prefer to be an idiot.

    Lal Friday, 24 December 2010 01:56 PM

    Does the number plate rule apply to parliamentarians also? I see many of them (and their children) running around town with CC number plates, not forgetting out 'big wigs'.

    prabath perera Friday, 24 December 2010 01:48 PM

    Very good move !

    Fair N Square Friday, 24 December 2010 01:38 PM

    Yes they could save lives !!!.Time and again it has been proved that lives of ppl who wear seat belts have been saved.

    Better late than never !

    Vikum Friday, 24 December 2010 01:40 PM

    A very good move. This should have been done a decade ago though.

    Shaik Anwar Ahamath Friday, 24 December 2010 01:40 PM

    This is excellent. The seat belts are proven to save lives and the use of cell phones while driving is a distraction.

    Konde bendapu china Friday, 24 December 2010 01:39 PM

    very good move

    dxb 9524815 Friday, 24 December 2010 01:40 PM

    Its a Very good move to have seat belts ,,,,,,

    i.aziz Friday, 24 December 2010 04:52 PM

    Why dont they enforce it on 3 wheelers and buses? In fact more people die whilst travelling in it.

    pradeep Friday, 24 December 2010 08:14 PM

    WPC 2010/2011
    WPC 2011/2012
    HAHAHAH... we are surely but steadily becomming the joke of Asia

    Situkumaru Friday, 24 December 2010 08:01 PM

    Lovely.. a good move (although should have done long time back) ''better late than never!!''

    shameer Friday, 24 December 2010 07:06 PM

    also three wheels with seat belts...

    Ceylonese Friday, 24 December 2010 06:49 PM

    Just another statement . SL is very popular for statement.
    It's interesting to see when it will start and stop.

    Mushi Friday, 24 December 2010 06:36 PM

    What about white vans?

    musthafa Friday, 24 December 2010 06:37 PM

    It is a very good move,

    oyage podi guru Friday, 24 December 2010 06:26 PM

    Some good comments preceding: too much horning, seat belts for every automobile, no children in the front with their head next to the windscreen, no talking on mobile phones whiule driving or walking down the pavement, enforcing laws already on the books--like tinted windows--, helmets for wives and children on motorbikes, bus tickets, etc. ad nauseam.

    TP Friday, 24 December 2010 06:14 PM

    Well the worst culprits are the politicos, can they be policed??

    Just Another Citizen Friday, 24 December 2010 04:54 PM

    About time this was implemented lets see if the law will be upheld. They should also ban little children being taken in the front seat of vehicles.

    MagodisThuma Friday, 24 December 2010 01:03 PM

    To day I saw brand new Prado's & Pajero's with CC numbers !.
    Policemen are not brave enough to stop them.

    Motorist Friday, 24 December 2010 04:32 PM

    No garage plates; So buy the cars w/o demonstration drive. If you do not likre it after you purchase the car, Bad Luck.
    Sri Lanka Jayawewa

    josh Friday, 24 December 2010 04:26 PM

    wonder where you can find seat belts in motor bikes and in 3 wheelers and in buses!!!

    bbb Friday, 24 December 2010 04:23 PM

    INSTEAD OF MAKING COMPULSARY BULL CARTS, THEY baned on driving vehicles with garage numbers or CC numbers.

    Manhatton Friday, 24 December 2010 04:20 PM

    Three wheelers with seatbealths, simpliy hilarious

    sg Friday, 24 December 2010 04:16 PM

    It,s a good decision but got delay, any how their should have kind of strict policies regrding motorists. Also, policies on accidents law should be considered to revise on accidents matters. Becouse, some people smoothly avoiding when their faced accidents with foult. The main reason is that they are taking third party insuarance and when they faced accidents they already know victimised party will not follow long process on third party claiming . Therefore these third party policy holders are freely avoinding their liability when they doing damages to others . Therfore it is very imporatnt to re- consider this matter also.

    Tharaka Chanaka Friday, 24 December 2010 04:04 PM

    I'm yet to receive bus tickets and bus drivers don't adhere to their uniform rules. Even the ones that wear uniforms never wash them. Anyone can make up rules, but no one bothers to monitor them

    game lamaya Friday, 24 December 2010 03:40 PM

    will this apply to the bigwigs too and the police? Recently I saw a police constable in uniform dropping off the daughter to a school and the girl didnt have a helmut. The police officer was working for the traffic police.

    I hope whatever the government imposes, it will apply to all.

    Ombudsman Friday, 24 December 2010 03:38 PM

    Very good move!.

    Thomas Friday, 24 December 2010 03:37 PM

    What about other cars without English numbers, won't they meet with any accidents?

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