Tuks on full time hire to be regulated

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Western Province General Manager of the Road Passenger Transport Authority, Jagath Perera said measures have been taken to regulate three-wheelers that engage in hires full time in the Western Province from next month.

He noted there will be many regulations that will benefit both passengers and drivers, such as common charges, fuel quota, and every vehicle equipped with a metre.

He said the three-wheeler regulation programme is being conducted as part of a comprehensive programme to ensure the safety of three-wheeler owners and passengers, as well as to find a solution to the current fuel crisis.

Meanwhile, All-Island Three-Wheeler Drivers’ Association President Lalith Dharmasekara said the implementation of this programme, after a 20-year delay, will provide some regularity to the informal three-wheeler industry.

He highlighted that the three-wheeler fare and the quality of the service will be changed as a result of new regulations. As a result passengers will be able to receive excellent service and everyone should support this.

During a discussion at the Western Province Road Passenger Transport Authority held recently, three-wheeler owners were informed that this programme is being implemented in accordance instructions of Chairman of the Western Province Road Passenger Transport Authority,  Sanjiva Prasanna.

BY Mithun Jayawardena