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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2644

All round increase in penalties for traffic offences - upto Rs. 25,000

Colombo, 11 August, (

The government has increased traffic fines to Rs. 25,000 which will be implemented for various traffic related, Cabinet spokesman and Minister Gayantha Karunatilaka said.

He said, a comprehensive set of proposals to deal with drunk driving among other traffic offences has been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

The cabinet that met on Tuesday has given the nod to increase the traffic fines drastically on a memo presented by Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva under the provisions of the Motor Traffic Act, he added.

Lands and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Gayantha Karunathillake told the weekly Cabinet press briefing in Colombo yesterday that a revised proposal submitted by Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva and approved by the Cabinet on Wednesday included several categories of fines with the maximum being Rs. 25,000.

Driving without a valid licence, employing persons without driving licences, driving under the influence of liquor and drugs, driving vehicles across railroads recklessly and driving a vehicle without valid insurance cover would all attract a penalty of Rs. 25,000, he said.

Revised fines for other traffic offences are:

* Spot fines according to the percentage of over speeding;

Up to 20 percent - Rs. 3,000

20 to 30 percent - Rs. 5,000

30 to 50 percent - Rs. 10,000

Beyond 50 percent - Rs. 15,000

* Overtaking from left side - Rs. 2,000.

* Driving with disregard to other people –

Rs. 10,000 .

* Reckless driving - Rs. 10,000.

* Driving by underage persons from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 30,000

* A minimum fine of Rs. 2,500 for offences not stated in Motor Traffic Act.

The Cabinet of Ministers has also approved implementation of the following proposals.

*Spot fine of Rs. 2,000 for using mobile phones while driving.

* Implementing the marking process for drivers urgently.

* Installation of CCTV Cameras where there were recurrent accidents.

* Prompt implementation of the proposal to use electronic payment method to charge spot fines.

*Displaying speed limit boards along highways and expressways.

*Implementing a combined time table or a suitable arrangement on running of SLTB and private busses.

* Establishment of regulatory institutions for regulation of three-wheelers and school transport vehicles.

* Establishment of an efficient public transport services.

* Using high-tech tools to minimise irregularities of some law enforcing officers and to improve transparency in law enforcement.

- Asian Tribune –

All round increase in penalties for traffic offences - upto Rs. 25,000
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