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The police is to strictly impose the law against every person travelling in the driving seat or the front passenger seat in motor vehicles with English number plates who fails to wear their seat belts with effect from October 1.
 
The penalty for not wearing the seat belt would be a first conviction fine not less than Rs.1,000 and not more than Rs.2,000, a second conviction fine of not less that Rs.2,000 and not more than Rs.3,000 and the third conviction fine of not less than Rs.3,500 and cancellation of the driving license.

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 in the main roads in the cities and suburbs to monitor motorists whether they are obeying the new regulations from October 1.

The provisions of these regulations will not apply to persons whose height does not exceed 1.5 meters or persons who are exempted from wearing a body restraining seat belt on the recommendation of a Registered Medical Practitioner.

Also drivers of vehicles, while performing manoeuvres which include reversing, any person holding a valid Medical Certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner stating that it is medically inadvisable for such person to wear a seat belt.

This medical certificate has to be first registered at the RMV.  The traffic police are also preparing to carry out an awareness programme about the necessity to have tail lights or reflectors in bicycles also from October 1, especially for cyclists.

The investigations into the motor accidents of the past few months reveal that most of them were caused due to cyclists riding in the night without lamps and tail lights.

The traffic police said that strict legal action would be taken against those riding bicycles without lights and tail lights in the night following the end of the awareness programme. (Supun Dias)


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  • ajith Wednesday, 21 September 2011 10:33 AM

    Only for 2-3 weeks

    D.RATNAYAKE Saturday, 17 December 2011 11:12 AM

    Today i was got caught by police not wearing seat belt .no excuse .from the hospital just after exit .

    i fully admit the mistake and accept the penalty papaer.

    but my questioned is Narahenpita police station traffic PC
    ask my DL ,but i questioned as per Sri Lanka Traffic rules
    there must be a two PC at location.i ask where is the other
    the other PC came from hidden place.

    i handed over the DL and got the penalty paper.meantime PC VERY AGGESSLY talk to me .i said this is the rule .then he said i dont know.being a traffic PC he is not take over the job instantly. he coming out from the proper training.

    it is shame for the high rank officer and SL Police.

    please take a necessary action fopr theis sir.

    Brantha Thursday, 22 September 2011 05:07 AM

    Are you living in Sri Lanka? Do you have any idea how the system works here? Increasing the fine will only benefit the errant cops. When the fine is Rs 1,000, the drivers will pay Rs 500 to the cop and get away. If the fine is Rs 5,000 like you suggested, they will have to pay at least Rs 1,000.

    nilanthie perera Thursday, 22 September 2011 04:27 AM

    Seat belts are good but what about the circus act performed on motorcyles and bicycles.

    Dil Thursday, 22 September 2011 03:50 AM

    what about 3 wheeler drivers and the pasangers in it....

    Surathala Wednesday, 21 September 2011 11:11 AM

    what about buses exceeding 80km/h ?

    Najeeb Wednesday, 21 September 2011 11:00 AM

    This law will function effectively ONLY if the Police carry out their job efficiently, without accepting any bribes from offenders. Rs.1000/- is NOT sufficient for drivers not wearing seat belts. It should be made 3000/- for drivers. Also driver should be fined 5000/- for any person sitting on front passenger seat without seat belt. The driver should be found fault for the front passenger not wearing seat belt. Also, I have seen many drivers who drive recklessly. Impose heavy fine on them.

    atom Wednesday, 21 September 2011 10:41 AM

    Good move but why only english numbered vehicles?

    Chryshan Wednesday, 21 September 2011 10:41 AM

    This is a good move. Govt will also have to implement a very strict speed limits and road rules to Buses. Unlike in other countries our buses are driven by reckless drivers and they do not obey any road rules. Lives of passengers are also in danger. Although seat belts are not compulsory for passengers in other countries, I am sure its a requirement here. Unfortunately majority of passengers are standing. Police do not charge bus drivers since they get free rides for official work and when going to their home towns.

    kyle Wednesday, 21 September 2011 10:46 AM

    Well said

    Samba Wednesday, 21 September 2011 09:43 AM

    Welawa Hari Belt thadha karaganilla.

    Ajantha Dissanayake Wednesday, 21 September 2011 10:21 AM

    English version of the relevant Gazette notification published on 09/08.11 is quite confusing. Because the vehicles to which the regulations apply mentioned under 4(a) are also included in the schedule 1, which lists vehicles to which regulations do not apply

    gamarala Wednesday, 21 September 2011 10:21 AM

    Well, all of us will have to tighten our belts.

    Dinendra Wednesday, 21 September 2011 10:21 AM

    What about 3 Wheelers , and all the passengers in buses ?

    the undertaker Wednesday, 21 September 2011 10:13 AM

    WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER NUMBER VEHICLES LIKE DASH/SRI.

    Minister Wednesday, 21 September 2011 10:05 AM

    We need strict traffic rules.

    Concerned Wednesday, 21 September 2011 10:02 AM

    Good move. We support it. Pls ensure that this rule is strictly enforced unlike the rule imposed against foot-board travel in buses.

    Hik Wednesday, 21 September 2011 09:54 AM

    Safety.

    jilbert Wednesday, 21 September 2011 09:42 AM

    This law how many times they made compulsary for the last few months. another dumb case like non effective rules of transporting vegetables in the plastic case sand display of retail price of the product in advertisements or similar.

    willowsw Wednesday, 21 September 2011 09:43 AM

    Well Done, good work


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