BUDGET 2018/2019

The law will be amended to provide for tougher penalties for road traffic offences, including speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and dangerous driving.

  • First, the list of offences in relation to which a Fixed Penalty Notice may be served will be consolidated and increased from 141 to 204;
  • Second, the fine in respect of speeding by more than 25 km per hour above the speed limit will be increased from Rs 2,500 to Rs 10,000;
  • Third, fines in respect of driving while under disqualification, driving without a licence and authorizing a person prohibited from driving by reason of age to drive, will be increased from Rs 10,000 to Rs 100,000;
  • Fourth, after committing three Cumulative Road Traffic Offences listed under the new Penalty system, a driver will be issued with a Cumulative

Road Traffic Notice informing him that on being convicted for two more Cumulative Road Traffic offences, his licence will be suspended for a period of 6 to 12 months;

  • Fifth, a probationary driving licence will be issued to new drivers for a probationary driving period of 2 years wherein certain offences committed will entail extension of his probationary driving period or revocation of his probationary driving licence when he commits major road traffic offences;
  • And sixth, zero tolerance of alcohol in the blood will be applied to drivers.

In addition, the Police Force will be provided with additional mobile speed cameras to undertake spot checks. And to further improve safety on our roads, I have earmarked Rs 275 million in this Budget to:

  • Reengineer hazardous roads;
  • Install conspicuous traffic signs to alert drivers of accident-prone areas; and
  • Intensification of the educational and awareness programmes, training of driving instructors and review of driving testing standards;

The Road Development Authority is being provided with Rs 600 million for road maintenance, including Rs 75 million for construction of pavements and Rs 75 million for restoring road markings and signage.