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Dismissing a claim spread through a Facebook post, Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said yesterday that vehicle registration details obtained via SMS cannot be accepted when the drivers are not in possession of revenue licences or the driving licence.

SP Gunasekara told the Daily Mirror that the drivers should be able to produce the revenue and driving licences.

A Facebook post was circulating claiming that police can accept the reply message on revenue licence and driving licence received from the Provincial Department of Motor Traffic as valid proof of those licences, in case of drivers not possessing them at the time of police officers demanding them.

It said that drivers after sending the message ‘DMT<space>RLS<space> vehicle no’ to 1919 will receive the relevant vehicles revenue license number and its expiry date.

Furthermore, the Facebook post said, by showing the SMS details drivers can prove the identity of the vehicle and the driver without inconveniencing the traffic police.

However, SP Gunasekera said according to the Motor Traffic Act, a driver should be able to show his vehicles’ revenue license and his driving license.

The police cannot verify the real identity of a vehicle via text messages and that will only help to prove whether the vehicle’s driving license details are up to date, he added. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)


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  • Vajira Saturday, 12 May 2018 03:45 PM

    Other countries we should only carry our driving license. Other informations of the vehicle police can obtain through number plate.(from their on board computer) via DM Android App

    Gp Sunday, 13 May 2018 08:54 AM

    I sent a SMS to 1919, the reply I got; sorry can't process your request this time.

    concerned citizen Sunday, 13 May 2018 09:56 AM

    The Sri Lanka Police should have in all their patrol vehicles onboard computer to instantly check if the vehicle has all the documents properly or expired.This way all motorists will ensure they have up-to date documents. It could also help to fine the wrong doer instantly. Like other countries the fines should be added into the vehicle registration to be paid immediately or when next renewal of registration.All MP's it is a priority that all police vehicles should be new upgraded ones. Instead of MPs getting new vehicles.

    Rajitha Sunday, 13 May 2018 02:18 PM

    Why can't police update themselves? Must be because they can't fine people for not producing revenue licence

    Cricy Sunday, 13 May 2018 02:50 PM

    Please change these archaic laws. The world has moved forward.

    sumal perera Monday, 14 May 2018 07:54 AM

    No law will change as long as our lethargic judiciary remain intact.

    Farees Tuesday, 15 May 2018 04:37 PM

    Me tooooooooooooooo. the same messageMake sure of System working......then post the news PLS.

    Prasad Marasinghe Tuesday, 22 November 2022 04:27 PM

    I sent a SMS to 1919, the reply I got; sorry can't process your request this time.

    COLLIN AMUNUGAMA Tuesday, 24 January 2023 06:05 PM

    DMT COMMMISIONER GENERAL, PLS NOTE THAT ANY OF YOUR MOBILE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT WORKING ..EX-DMT APP, ALSO ABOVE SMS SERVICE NEVER WORK .. IS IT MISLEADING OR YOUR PEOPLE ARE SLEEPING? DO YOU'LL HAVING ANY KIND OF PROTOCOLS TO FIND OUT THESE PUBLIC SERVICE 'S ARE IN ORDER ?

    Nimal Wimalasuriya Thursday, 07 December 2023 09:08 AM

    The "digital economy" should start here...


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