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Feb 02, 2012 (LBO) – A large number of vehicles breaking down on Sri Lanka’s first expressway may require motorists to get roadworthiness certificates to use the road, as traffic picked up steadily, an official said. From about 4,000 vehicles a day in December, usage has now increased to 7,200 by end January. Sri Lanka’s first expressway to the South of the island., the E1 was opened on November 27.

In the past two months the emergency vehicles operated by Sri Lanka’s road agency has towed over 1,900 vehicles, B D K Bandara, operations director of the expressway said.

To tow each vehicle costs at least 1,500 rupees, he said.

The run from Kottawa South of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo to Galle requires vehicles to run at 100 kilometres an hour for an hour.
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Traffic on the expressway has also started to build up gradually. The 400 rupee toll road cuts travel time from Colombo to Galle to one hour from about three.

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