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Trishaws plying near BIA to be regulated

Industrial Export, Investment Promotion, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said a special programme will be implemented to monitor and regulate private three-wheelers operating near the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Katunayake under the BIA Phase II Stage 2 Expansion Project.

During the discussion held with representatives of the Airport Tourist Drivers Association (ATDA) recently, Minister Ranatunga said that he has received a number of complaints with regard to the malpractices allegedly involving by three-wheeler drivers at the BIA.

He added that the services provided at the airport is a crucial factor for the development of tourism industry. If a foreigner is duped by some errant three wheel drivers when they disembark at the BIA, it will tarnish the country’s image. Therefore, we want to streamline the three-wheeler service,” the Minister said.

He said that measures will be taken to provide an international training and issue a certificate for three-wheeler drivers operating at the BIA.

They will be provided with a special uniform, identity card, special arrival and departure permit, and a specific pricing mechanism for the airport taxi charges. In addition, attention has been paid to brand three-wheeler according to a colour code to make it easy to identify the means of transportation involved in the airport taxi service,” Minister Ranatunga added.

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