The Government has decided to extend the validity period of driving licences that have expired within the last two months.
Minister of Passenger Transport Management Mahinda Amaraweera had instructed the Motor Traffic Department to extend the validity period of driving licences that have expired until the COVID-19 pandemic is contained.
Previously, the Motor Traffic Department had extended the validity period of licences that had expired by 15 March to 15 April.
Meanwhile, Minister Amaraweera further said public transportation will be operated only for essential services after 20 April.
Mahinda Amaraweera said public transportation will only be operated if private and public organizations falling under essential services, which remain closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak, are reopened after 20 April.
In the event of the institutions recommencing operations public transportation will be provided for a period of two weeks, he said.
Minister Amaraweera had made these observations during a meeting held at the Ministry of Transport today.
Officials from various institutions, including the Department of Railways, Sri Lanka Transport Board, National Transport Commission and the Motor Traffic Department had participated in the discussion. (Colombo Gazette)