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Heavier fines to curb grave accidents at railway crossings

Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva told Parliament yesterday that strong laws would be introduced to curb grave accidents at unprotected railway crossings.

 

The Minister said a fine of Rs. 25,000 would be introduced for walking along railway lines and driving without heeding warning signs.

 

Answering a question raised by EPDP leader Douglas Devananda, the Minister said there were 876 unprotected level crossings which would have signal lights installed within the next two years

 

He added that a proposal had been made to pay an allowance of Rs. 22,500 to those who volunteered to guard the unprotected level crossings.

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