Fine for overtaking from left a mistake of Minister: Gemunu
The decision to impose a steep fine of Rs.25,000 for overtaking a vehicle from the left side was taken by the Transport Minister mistakenly during the meeting at the Finance Ministry, Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association President Gemunu Wijeratne said.
Addressing the media yesterday Mr. Wijeratne said that at present no such fine existed in the charge sheet used by the traffic police and there were several issues in regards to overtaking from the left side. “There is no way to implement such a law. Therefore people should not take this issue seriously,” he said.
“Only small vehicles such as motor cycles and three-wheelers overtake on the left side and therefore this law should not be relevant to buses. They don’t need to overtake on the left side, because buses always use the left side of the road,” he said. “I have explained all this to the minister and even the police. Accidents happen even when overtaking on the right side. The fine for improper overtaking on the right side was Rs.500. Because of that we agreed with the minister’s decision, as there is no need for buses to overtake on the left side. This will reduce road accidents,” he said.
“Personally, I like this law because by imposing this law it will discourage motorcyclists and other motorists from contravening traffic laws,” he said.
(Source: Daily Mirror – By Chaturanga Pradeep)
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This guy appears to be bent on re-writing road rules.
Overtaking on the left is dangerous and can easily cause accidents. Doesn’t matter if it is a motorcycle, car, bus, lorry or Tuk-Tuk, the fine should be applied to all road users.
Thota paiththiyanade bola. Thoo Rate nithiyata ekaga nedda.
““Only small vehicles such as motor cycles and three-wheelers overtake on the left side and therefore this law should not be relevant to buses. They don’t need to overtake on the left side, because buses always use the left side of the road,”
Was this guy, Private Bus Owners’ Association President Gemunu Wijeratne , on Ganja dope while talking? If the buses are going on the left (as suppose to be doing) and never overtaking another bus on the left, what is he morning about? The law will be there, nobody will pay a 25,000Rs fine, since no private bus driver is doing it. Looking at the traffic laws of rest of the world and the potential carnage can happen by a bus overtaking another bus on the left side, the minister should have imposed a one million Rs. fine and the total disqualification of the driver’s license for ever to keep such individuals away. As far as I am aware the only occasion one is allowed to overtake on the left (left side driving countries) is when there is a trffic congestion on a multi-lane road, if the vehicles are moving slower than those on the left lane. Even emergency vehicles are always overtaking on the right if they are traveling at speed.
President of the Private Bus Association? My Axxx!