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Trishaw driver sentenced for procuring duplicate license

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The Colombo Traffic Court today fined and jailed a trishaw driver who was guilty of obtaining a new driving license from the Department of Motor Traffic after his driving license was impounded by Court. On November 24, 2011 the accused was produced before the Traffic Court by Welikada Police on charges of having caused an accident after the consumption of liquor. He was then fined Rs.6,000 and his driver’s licence was suspended for six months.

However during a routine police check he was found to be in possession of another driver’s license. Police investigations had revealed that the accused had obtained the second license by tendering the temporary one issued to the suspect, to the Commissioner of Motor vehicles and suppressing facts.

At the inquiry before Colombo Traffic Court Magistrate Jeyaram Trotsky, the counsel for the accused pleaded guilty and plead to mitigate the penalty as the accused was a trishaw driver.

The Magistrate imposed a fine of Rs.22,500 and sentenced the accused for three months imprisonment. His original driver’s license and the temporary licenses were suspended by the court. (TFT)

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  • azath Friday, 24 February 2012 01:58 AM

    Punishment should be much heavier

    Ruwan Friday, 24 February 2012 01:54 AM

    Doing prostitution by Models and Actresses - Fine - 250/=
    Obtaining a License a wrong way- Fine 22500/= and 3 months

    Manik Friday, 24 February 2012 02:53 AM

    Police Department should conduct random checks on trishaw drivers driving licenses. but not only Colombo areas it has to be outside Colombo. Because these drivers and motorcycle drivers driving very careless which leads to too many accidents, driving all over the road, this has to be stop.

    Mfzansr Friday, 24 February 2012 04:01 AM

    pro is not going to kill you in road accidents, this drunken drivers do..

    Mfzansr Friday, 24 February 2012 04:02 AM

    include bus drivers also. but since they are the best friends of traffic police, they rarely get caught

    Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 24 February 2012 06:07 AM

    The difference in fines maybe because while a prostitute provides pleasure, an illegal or drunken driver puts pressure on other drivers and even kill passengers and pedestrians.

    Kangaroo Friday, 24 February 2012 06:39 AM

    They never care about the lights also the buses and I have seen Police just ignore it without taking any action

    rumi Thursday, 23 February 2012 05:58 PM

    why did not punish authirities who issued the second one

    thushi Thursday, 23 February 2012 07:23 PM

    a simple fine would have been enough.
    a sole breadwinner of a family is sent to jail for 3 months while 3rd rate murderous thugs get to go to singapore for 5 star medical treatment.
    the law should be the same for everyone


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