Wednesday, 22nd September 2021

President proposes a new electronic systems for fines

British Asia News Network

Sri Lanka: A proposal for an Electronic Payment System was instructed to the authorities by President Maithripala Sirisena for the payment of fines for minor crimes including traffic offences. He believes that an electronic system could help build a speedy procedure with stringent rules to control crimes, drug smuggling and the underworld activities and by introducing necessary legal reforms.

Following a special meeting at the President’s Secretariat special attention was drawn regarding minimizing road accidents. He told them to examine the possibility of implementing a proper method while removing the existing outdated methods.

He mentioned “Even though the Department of Motor Traffic introduced a ‘Point Based System’ for drivers in 2009 with the aim of minimizing road accidents due to the technical problems, it has not been successful,”. During the meeting, instructions were also given to follow a proper procedure to regulate and standardize driving schools.

He instructed the Legal Draftsman’s Department to complete the task within the next two weeks as he believed the progress of legal reforms in relation to the special procedure implemented with the assistance of the Tri- Forces on drug raids were not working.

Those present included, Ministers Susil Premajayantha, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Secretary to President Udaya R. Seneviratne, Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya, Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando, Ministry of Justice, Public Administration and Home Affairs Secretary J.J. Ratnasiri and Police Chief Pujith Jayasundera.

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