New licence for drivers  in public transport sector

by Don Asoka Wijewardena

All passenger transport drivers will be issued with a special driving licence as part of a government campaign to prevent road accidents. The scheme will come into effect within one month.

Deputy Transport Minister Rohana Dissanayaka said those who had driven heavy vehicles for two years would be eligible to obtain the special licence.

Dissanayaka said a study had revealed that reckless driving was the main cause of road accidents. Some drivers drove buses under the influence of liquor and some were drug addicts, he said. Some drivers used mobile phones while driving. The government had decided to ensure that heavy vehicle drivers underwent proper training before they were issued with licences, he said.

The Motor Traffic Department would train the would-be drivers and the National Transport Medical Centre would provide training for all drivers on First Aid, Minister Dissanayaka stressed.

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