Sri Lanka motor traffic dept runs from regional office amid Covid-19 hit, hotlines given

ECONONYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Department of Motor Traffic said it will operate out of an office in Werahera and regional offices after its head office was closed amid a surge in Coronavirus infections in the capital Colombo.

People residing in not isolated areas will be able to contact the Werahera office by prior appointment.

“It is strictly advised to make prior appointments and to avoid visiting our premises by the clients who live in the risky areas until the risk is eliminated,” the Department of Motor Traffic Commissioner, Sumith C. K. Alahakoon said in a statement.

“We highly expect that our clients would strictly adhere to government health guidelines viz., wearing face masks, washing hands, maintaining the social distances and extending the fullest cooperation to the security officers and the other staff to maintain the hygienic standards.”

The DMV could be contacted on the following numbers.

1-Inquiries – 070-635-4121

2- New dates and time for the candidates who have already received dates for examinations -070-635-4122

3- Obtaining new dates and time for the candidates who have already received dates for practical tests, obtaining new driving licences, renewing driving licenses – 070-635-4123

4- Licences, amendments, or any other inquiries regarding driving licences – 070-635-4124

5 – Inquiries regarding weight certificates and vehicle inspection 070-635-4125

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The department will provide services through Jaffna, Anuradhapura, Kurunegala, Gampaha and Hambantota district offices, a media statement from the office said.

“The head office at Narahenpita which had been closed due to the risk of Covid 19 cannot be re-opened as the risk is not yet eliminated,” Sumith C. K. Alahakoon, Commissioner General of Department of Motor Traffic said.

“We have planned to provide many of the services provided by the head office including motor vehicle transfers, through Jaffna, Anuradhapura, Kurunegala, Gampaha and Hambantota district offices, with the aim of minimizing the inconveniences faced by our clients.”

The general public will be able to obtain the services from November 11 onwards.

The following hotlines will be open from 0900hour to 1600hours.

Hambantota 070-6354151, 070-6354152

Anuradhapura 070-6354153, 070-6354154

Jaffna 070- 6354155, 0706354156

Kurunegala 070-6354157, 070-6354158

Gampaha 070-6354159, 070-6354160
(Colombo/Nov10/2020)

Reported by Mahadiya Hamza

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