Minister laments cowboy behaviour of colleagues on highways


By Don Asoka Wijewardena

Transport Minister Kumara Welgama on Thursday lambasted the manner in which his ministerial colleagues used the highways.

He said that those who drove while talking on the phone and speeding VIP security vehicles had become a major threat to other road users.

He said that some VIP security vehicles did not follow the Highway Code and had become a law unto themselves.

Minister Welgama was speaking at a the launch of a book, on ‘Road Traffic Rules and Regulations’, written by retired Deputy Inspector General of Police T. Periyanayagam, at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute recently.

He said he could understand such behaviour during the war as there was always the

threat of a terrorist attack, but with the war now several years behind such behaviour could no longer be tolerated.

Some VIP security vehicles were using the roads and the highways as their private property, Minister Welgama said, pointing out that a majority of the drivers used mobile phones carelessly while at the wheel. They first looked to see whether the police were on the road and used the phone, said the minister.

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