New number plates for Govt vehicles
The Department of Motor Traffic has made preliminary arrangements to
issue a different number plate to the vehicles imported by the
Government institutions on the directive of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The public can identify the Government vehicles soon as the new
number plate would be in blue colour.
According to Commissioner of Motor Traffic, B.D.L Dharmapriya, the
Department can not issue new number series for Government vehicles as
the numbering of vehicles has changed.
He said there is a practical problem when new number series are
issued to Government vehicles. The Department will have to change the
number when Government vehicles are purchased by public from auctions.
Dharmapriya added that this system will be effective only, if the
number plates of existing vehicle fleet of the Government is changed.
He said he has no authority to direct other Government institutions
to change the number plates of their vehicles.
He said that the Department can provide blue coloured number plates
to existing Government vehicles provided that the Government takes a
policy decision and necessary payment is made by the relevant
He said the Government institution that imports new vehicles should
bear the cost of new number plate which is estimated to cost over Rs.