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Special teams to ensure strict adherence to traffic laws by three wheel drivers, motor cycles

A fresh circular has been issued by the DIG Traffic to deploy special teams to ensure strict adherence to traffic laws by three wheel drivers and motor cycles. The circular has also issued instructions to strictly implement the existing law limiting number of passengers in a three wheeler to three, DIG Traffic, Amarasiri Senerathne said.

The circular comes in the wake of a fatal accident involving a three wheeler, which killed three children and an adult. The vehicle was carrying seven passengers at the time of the accident. Last year alone 42 children below the age of 15 were killed in accidents involving threewheelers, while 23 were aged less than five years.

"Instructions have been issued today to ensure that three wheeleers comply with the law limiting the number of passengers. Todate, we have been relaxed with the law as the vehicle was considered the poor man's vehicle, but the number of fatal accidents have compelled us to strictly implement the law," DIG Senerathne said.

"Whether an infant or a young child can be considered counted as a passenger will be left to the discretion of the officer dealing with case, but, the rule is only three passengers," he explained.

"There are 1,050,000 three wheelers registered in the country of which an estimated 800,000 are in use. Out of this number, an estimated 500,000 three-wheelers are engaged in passenger transport. However, no regulations exist to ensure the safety of passengers travelling in these or any other privately owned vehicles engaged in transport services except for bus services," the DIG said. 


 

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