Cabinet agrees on spot fines

The cabinet has agreed to amend the Motor Traffic Act to impose spot fines against drivers contravening the seat belt regulations.

At present the drivers and the passengers in the front seats of certain categories of vehicles that have registration numbers beginning with English letters shall essentially wear the seat belt.

In keeping with the provisions of the Motor Traffic Act, Regulations pertaining to violation of seat belt provide, on conviction, after a summary trial in a Court of Law, for the imposition of a fine not less than Rs.1000/- and not exceeding Rs.2000/- on the first occasion, a fine not less Rs.2000/- and not exceeding Rs.3000/- on the second occasion, and a fine not exceeding Rs.3, 500/- and cancellation of the driving license on the third occasion, on conviction after a summary trial in a Court of Law.

“Implementation of these fines is being carried out by the courts and the public have been inconvenienced” Transport minister Welgama said urging the need to amend the Law to impose spot fines.