A special programme will be implemented in future to provide special training to drivers on road discipline with the aim of minimising the increasing number of road accidents.
The programme was revealed at a meeting of the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Public Security under the Chairmanship of Minister of Public Security Sarath Weerasekera.
Minister Weerasekera said 1,948 lives were claimed in road accidents since January 2021 while 27,000 persons succumbed in accidents during the past 10 years.
Accordingly, the programme will be implemented by the Sri Lanka Police and affiliated institutions to ensure road discipline.
The Minister said a system of spot fines and a Driver’s Demerit Point system will be introduced in the near future to address shortcomings in the payment system.
The Minister said a lack of discipline of drivers has been identified as a major reason for the increase in road accidents.
Accordingly, a two-week training programme for inter-provincial bus drivers will be launched.