Traffic laws will be enforced - DIG Traffic (WP)
As a country which had gone through a three-decade-long conflict, we
had to ignore many traffic rules and regulations as there were practical
difficulties to enforce them. So the indecent and indiscipline driving
habits became the order of the day as less attention was paid to those
But as we are nearing the second anniversary of ending the
humanitarian operation, there is no necessity to ignore the laws further
as non enforcement of the laws has caused immense problems to motorists
The environment has also been created, with the removal of barriers
and road blocks and the resurfacing of roads which has been ignored for
years, for the law enforcement authorities to re-enact those laws again.
The Traffic Police are now re-enacting the laws to discipline
motorists and also pedestrians.
The Western Province has become the focal point for the strict
enforcement of these traffic laws as disciplined driving has become a
must along the busy roads in the western province which shelter more
than 25 per cent of the total population and the major share of motor
"We, under the directive of Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and
Inspector General of Police Dr. Mahinda Balasuriya, thought to enforce
laws with regard to lane traffic as it helps improve the appearance of
city streets which are now being renovated and beautified,"Deputy
Inspector General of Police in charge of Traffic Administration, Road
Safety and Western Province Traffic Operations, Asoka Wijetilleka told
the Sunday Observer.
It was made compulsory for three wheelers, private and CTB buses and
heavy vehicles to keep to the left of the road to discipline bus, lorry
and three wheel drivers who are frequent violators of road rules causing
immense damage to other motorists and pedestrians.
"On a daily basis we are making detections on lane traffic where we
see private and CTB buses, three wheelers and heavy vehicles not
following lanes and also driving without keeping to the left.
They do this particularly to race with another bus in order to
overtake and take passengers or and to take extra turn going against the
other competitor," DIG Wijetilleka added.
DIG Asoka Wijetilleka
"This has caused serious danger to passengers, motorists and even
pedestrians. Many accidents have occurred due to this type of callous
driving by private bus drivers, three wheeler drivers and the heavy
vehicle drivers", he added.
"We enforced this law strictly and made constant detections. Todate
we have taken 178 cases in three days in the Colombo city averaging 60
per day. We will continue this operation until we succeed," he added.
With regard to the main roads where lanes are not properly marked,
Traffic Police has sought the assistance of the Road Development
Authority and also the Colombo Municipal Council to mark lanes and
"They are on the job and they want to fix cat's eyes on either sides
of the pedestrian crossing so that motorists can have a clear visibility
of the pedestrian crossing in order to take adequate precaution," the
The traffic Police also have strictly begun enforcing the law
regarding tooting of horns.
"This is an offence. It causes noise pollution. This is also done by
impatient drivers who want to reach destinations at any cost. We have
made detections since February and to date taken over 1,300 detections
on noise pollution and we are prosecuting them", the DIG added.
The law with regard to pavement parking has also been enforced in the
Western Province during the past few weeks. "We have made many
detections for pavement parking and where we can't find the driver we
have towed their vehicles to police stations," he added.
The offenders will have to go to the Police station and pay the cost
of towing charges to the company in addition to being prosecuted in the
Courts. "No tickets are given for penalties and they have to go to
Courts immediately," the DIG added.
The Traffic Police is also strictly enforcing the law with regard to
jay walking . "We find a lot of jay walkers all over the city constantly
obstructing the free flow of traffic and causing traffic jams and
accidents causing injuries to pedestrians," the DIG added.
The Special Commissioner of the Colombo Municipal Council, Omar Kamil
is helping Traffic Police by erecting centre island fences in front of
the CTO where a lot of jay walkers have been detected by the Police. "We
intend to do this in Union Place and Dharmapala Mawatha where there are
many jay walkers, to prevent them from crossing the road in a haphazard
manner," the DIG added.
Apart from this the traffic Police will also enact another law with
regard to three wheeler drivers who park three wheelers obstructing the
view of by-lanes.
"There are many complaints by motorists that they cannot see the main
road and by-roads as three wheelers are parked on both sides of the road
near the top of the by-roads at the main road. As a result motorists who
use by-roads to enter the main road don't have a clear view. This also
has become a major problem as many accidents have occurred due to this
situation," DIG Wijetilleke added.
The Traffic Police in the Western province will be launching this
program into operation from March 7 to prosecute three-wheeler drivers
who park obstructing other users a view of the road.
Road rules with regard to moped riders will also be strictly enforced
from April 1.
"The Registrar of Motor Vehicles has given time for moped owners to
register with the Department.
Reckless riding habits of moped users have also caused accidents on
roads endangering the lives of most of the riders on the road as they
are not wearing helmets.
"This is yet another danger area and we have decided giving a further
grace period till the end of this month to register with the Registrar
of Motor Vehicles. The rider must have a valid riding license, insurance
and revenue licence in possession like any other rider or driver", he
"We will be making detections from April 1 with regard to violation
of this rule from after the grace period given to them is over", the DIG