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Cabinet nod to increase fines for traffic offenses

The cabinet has given the nod to increase the fines for violating traffic rules as a measure to reduce the number of fatal road accidents.

Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala De Silva’s proposal to increase the fines was approved by the cabinet of ministers yesterday.

Accordingly, the minimum fine will be Rs 25,000 for driving a vehicle without a license, employing people without a license, driving after alcohol consumption, violating railway crossing rules and driving a vehicle without a valid insurance, Co-cabinet spokesman Minister Gayantha Karunatilaka said at the Cabinet press briefing held at the Parliament Thursday.

In addition the fines for driving at high speed, overtaking from the left, reckless driving, and minors taking to the wheel have been increased to a minimum of Rs 2,500.

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