Over 130,000 new driving licences issued in five months
Transport Deputy Minister Rohana Kumura Dissanayake told the Daily
News that a number of driving licences issued last year and during the
first half of this year have seen a massive increase following the tax
concession on the imports of vehicles. Accordingly, the Motor Traffic
Department had issued 133,767 new driving licenses during the period
from January 1 to May 31 this year.
Therefore,it is reported that around, around 150 new drivers enter
the roads every hour in Sri Lanka. Accordingly, an average of 26,754 new
driving licences are issued monthly while 1,216 new driving licences are
issued daily except Saturdays and Sundays. A total of 273,443 driving
licences, including those seeking renewal and an extension of driving
licences were issued in the past five months.
“Meanwhile, 608 licences of errant drivers had been canceled due to
various offences in the first five months of this year,” the Deputy