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Rs. 25,000 fine for some traffic violations

The Government is to introduce the much talked about Rs 25,000 fine for some road rule violations, the National Council for Road Safety, which operates under the Ministry of Transport said

Chairman of the National Council for Road Safety, Sisira Kodagoda said that the Rs. 25,000 fine will apply for drunk driving, vehicles without insurance, no driving licence and underage drivers.

He also said that a Rs. 3,000 fine will be imposed for overtaking from the left.

Last week, the final report on the fairness of increasing of the amount of fines for violation of road rules, formulated by a committee appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena, was handed over to the President at the Presidential Secretariat.

Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, Nihal Somaweera presented the report to the President.

The budget proposal – 2017 suggested the minimum fine for violating road rules to increase to Rs. 25,000, with the objective of preventing road accidents.

Due to the opposition by people against this, the President appointed a committee to look into the matter. (Colombo Gazette)

Report by Indika Sri Aravinda

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