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Tuks, bikes to take Bus Lane today

UPDATE: Motorcycles and three-wheelers will be restricted to the Bus Priority Lane (BPL) on the final day of the three-day trial period of re-implementing the traffic lane law in Colombo today. Western Province Senior DIG Desabandu Tennakoon said the indecent manner these vehicles ply the road was thoroughly observed during the past two days and this new initiative is implemented as a trial accordingly.

He said after being restricted to the BPL, three-wheelers and the motorcycles will not be allowed to overtake buses moving in front even at a bus stop. Police officers will be deployed to ease the possible congestion at bus stops, he added.

However, the progress of the new initiative would be reviewed by the police and a decision on whether to implement it permanently will be reached thereafter, the Senior DIG said. Stating that implementation of the lane laws saw considerable progress during the past two days he said a discussion will be held with the Road Development Authority to make changes to the traffic lights and the road signals where necessary. Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA)President Gemunu Wijeratne said his union is opposed to this new initiative which he claimed was illegal.

He said the Gazette on BPL had permitted only buses. Therefore this is a total violation of the law by the Police. “Our Union is a member of the committee on Bus Priority Lane. But, we have not been informed about this new initiative.We will take action against the police for acting against the law,” Wijeratne said.

Secretary of the All Ceylon Private Bus Owners Association Anjana Priyanjith said his union is not against this new move by the police. In Colombo there is not enough buses for a separate lane to be allocated except on Galle and High-level roads and therefore, motorcycles and three-wheelers will not create any congestion on this lane, he said.Therefore, there is no possibility for accidents as well, Priyanjith said.

Three-wheelers, Motorcycles requested to use Bus Priority Lane-Time: 14:13

All motorcyclists and three-wheelers entering Colombo City should use only the left lane or the Bus Priority Lane from tomorrow, said the Police.

Western Province Senior DIG Deshabandhu Tennakoon said this would be initiated from tomorrow to ease the traffic congestion in the Colombo City and suburbs.

DIG Tennakoon said, that “we request all motorcyclists and three-wheeler drivers to use the Bus Priority Lane allocated to buses thereby allowing other vehicles to use the other lanes”

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