June 12, 2017 (LBO) – Six hundred mobile patrols will be deployed on the roads of Colombo to apprehend drivers who break lane laws, the Police said.
City Traffic Director SP Sumith Nissanka said the drivers who break lane rules will either be fined or produced before courts, or directed to attend awareness raising classes conducted by the Police.
“There will be a spot fine of 500 rupees for motorists, or if produced in court a judge can impose a fine of 1,000 rupees up to 3,000 rupees,” he said.
“We are doing this to increase the discipline of drivers and to prevent accidents.”
Special teams will be deployed on High Level road, Havelock Road, Galle Road, Castle Street, Rajagiriya, Baseline Road and Panchikawatte Road to strictly implement the lane laws.
According to Section 148 of Motor Traffic Act, SP Nissanka says changing lanes must be done in a manner that does not disturb the vehicular movement in other lanes.
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Most importantly, he says when there is a queue of vehicles at traffic lights, the vehicles that come behind should not overtake them and park in a manner that blocks the vehicular movement of the opposite side.
“This is a common offense that we see today.”
“When halting at the traffic lights, all the vehicles, including three wheelers and motorcycles, should not cross the demarcated line.”
In 2016 according to data 624,184 accidents were reported with 163,678 being caused by motor cycles.