Import of three-wheelers should be controlled – Transport Minister
Considering the large number of the three-wheelers on the road at present, the import of the three-wheelers should be controlled in the future, opined the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva.
He made these remarks yesterday (22nd July) in Sethsiripaya joining an event to introduce a modernized three-wheeler with new safety accessories. National Council for Road Safety following the instructions of the Transport Minister has implemented this program to fix the new safety accessories on three-wheelers.
The Minster further said, many three-wheelers are found on the road with many technical errors and the government will enforce necessary laws to rectify those errors soon.
At present, there are around 1.5 million three-wheelers used in Sri Lanka. Normally these vehicles are perceived as the cause for many road accidents due to the poor safety methods and the carelessness of the drivers. Therefore, it is vital to control the import of these vehicles, he added.
According to the Minister, the safety seat belts will be introduced for the three-wheelers soon after a Bill in this regard is approved by Parliament.
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I am not sure seat belts are a good idea for three wheelers. These are very unsteady vehicles and can turn over or topple at any time. So the chances of getting seriously injured wearing a set belt should be considered. Certainly need to do some research by the transport authorities.
Certainly the reckless driving of some of the drivers and the very noisy exhaust systems and jarring music coming from some of these three wheeler should be controlled because it adds to the noise and Chaos which is bad enough without the additional contribution from these selfish drivers.