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Government to amend Motor Traffic Act to curb road accidents

The government has received cabinet nod to amend the Motor Traffic Act in a bid to curb road accidents.

Accordingly, the changes will make provisions to transfer the authority to magistrates and policemen to practically implement the demerit points system of drivers.

Furthermore, the minimum qualifications for drivers who transport dangerous chemicals, emergency services, and public transport services will be declared.

Changes will be made to the Act to regulate speed limits, introduce an electronic payment platform for payment of fines and introduce new classes of vehicle for registration of special vehicles, etc.

The Legal Draftsmen has drafted on amendment bill for amending relevant articles and schedule No II of the Motor Traffic Act and the cabinet approved the proposal made by the Transport and civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, to gazette the bill and present in parliament for approval.

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