Move to privatise motor vehicle examinations


by Saman Indrajith

A Cabinet paper has been presented to hand over the issuance of motor vehicle examiner’s report to a joint venture by the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) and the Automobile Association of Ceylon (AAC), Transport and Civil Aviation Deputy Minister Asoka Abeysinghe said yesterday.

He was responding to a question by JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti who queried as to whether there was a move to privatize motor vehicle examinations carried out by the Motor Traffic Department.

The Deputy Minister said a pilot project in this regard would be initiated between the SLTB and AAC, adding that AAC would be given 25 percent share of the joint venture. He said the Government came up with the proposal to minimize the irregularities in issuing motor vehicle examiner’s reports. He said initially AAC would only be given 5 percent stake.

"I discussed with this company and they pointed out the difficulties in handling this work with the marginal turnover received from it," the deputy minister said.

He said more motor vehicle examiners would be recruited shortly.

MP Handunnetti however questioned the rationale of privatizing the work of the Motor Traffic Department without addressing the shortcomings and loopholes in the process that had led to corruption and irregularities. 

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