Three-wheeler regulatory body to be set up

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The All Island Three Wheeler Owners’ Association (AITWOA) said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe agreed to support the setting up of a three-wheeler regulatory body and advised his secretary to look into the matter immediately as three-wheel spare parts prices have increased rapidly due to tax revision.

Association President, Sudil Jayaruk told Ceylon Today the Premier and representatives of the Three-Wheeler Associations met on 3 June.

Jayaruk said many three-wheeler drivers faced hardship due to the recent tax revisions and price hikes of three wheel spare parts.

“The increase in prices resulted in the cost of repairs becoming a heavy burden. We spoke to the Premier and said the Government has planned to maintain the supply of fuel for three-wheelers in a manner that will not be a problem in the future. He also agreed to support the setting up of a three-wheeler regulatory body and advised his secretary to look into the matter immediately,” he added.

He further said, he could not control the price hike with regard to three wheel spare parts as yet but measures will be taken to protect the three-wheeler industry in the future in view of the crisis the country is facing as public transport services such as trains and buses could go on  strike any time disrupting the daily lives of the public and three wheelers are the only solution  at a time of crisis for short distance travel.

By Nabiya Vaffoor