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Traffic lane law: No fines at first, “disciplinary” classes for tuk drivers, motorcyclists

GETTING BUSY: Traffic builds up on a Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) street after Coronavirus ‘social isolation’ was relaxed on April 23.

ECONOMYNEXT – Police will not fine drivers who do not adhere to Sri Lanka’s new traffic lane law during an introductory phase from Monday (14) to Wednesday (16) this week.

However, Western Province Senior DIG Deshabandu Tennakkoon said, three-wheeler drivers and motorcyclists who do not comply will be disciplined at the police jurisdiction level by conducting classes on the new law.

Tennakoon told reporters yesterday that drivers will be educated on the new law over the three-day introductory period during which driver feedback will also be obtained.

After Wednesday, drivers will be informed through the media of any shortcomings on their part, in order to better educate them, he said.

“After some time, we expect to enforce the law strictly for drivers who do not follow the lane law,” he said.

The lane law in question that was temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic was relaunched under the theme “Let’s resume road discipline”.

The introductory round of the law came into effect from 6 am yesterday (14) and will continue till 10 am Wednesday (16) on four main routes used to enter the city of Colombo; namely Sri Jayawardena Road, Baseline Road, High-Level Road and Galle Road.

Police decided to enforce the new traffic laws on a directive by President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as a solution to the heavy traffic congestion in Colombo, police said in a statement. (Colombo/Sept15/2020-sb)

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