Three wheelers to come under NTC

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Cabinet Spokesman Bandula Gunawardena said, the National Transport Commission (NTC) will be in charge of regulating all passenger transport services, including three-wheelers.

He noted that this programme would be implemented within a month.

At the weekly Cabinet media briefing yesterday (9), he stressed that there are allegations from passengers of many irregularities, particularly in the prices charged for three-wheelers.

“There is a commission to regulate private buses and it is the NTC. Without creating a new institution, I hope that the NTC will amend that Act to give its authority over all passenger transportation services.

The NTC in Road Passenger Transport Authority will prepare a regulatory policy and carry out this programme within a month,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet has given its greenlight to the amendment of the Motor Traffic Act to include provisions to enable registration of electric Three-Wheelers.

He said several parties have requested for opportunity to utilise electric three-wheelers in order to popularise vehicles run with electric power instead of utilising fossil fuel within Sri Lanka. However, the Motor Traffic Act needs to be amended since no required provisions are available in the present Act.

Accordingly, the Cabinet approved the resolution submitted by the Minister of Transport and Highways to take necessary measures to amend the current motor traffic act including the relevant amendments to enable registration of electric three-wheeled vehicles.

BY Thameenah Razeek