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Bus owners have called on the police to charge any person who parked a vehicle around bends on roads by citing the Highway Code governing reckless negligence on the part of motorists.

The Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association pointed out that the rule was not solely applicable to buses but also to cars, trucks and containers which they allege get-way without a booking.

President of the Association, Gemunu Wijeratne said that parking at night should especially be prohibited or there should be adequate lighting provided by way of the use of lamps.

“When vehicles are parked in such a manner it causes great difficulties particularly at night. A crash could result in death or a debilitating injury. The police must take action in order to reduce accidents,” he said.

Meanwhile elaborating on the law in place, the National Council for Road Safety (NCRS) said that there were rules and regulations governing parking negligence to be enforced.
Chairman of the NCRS, Dr. Sisira Kodagoda warned that the roads were not places where motorists were allowed to stop a vehicle, park it and leave any time.

But the NCRC said they were also aware that Colombo provides very little space for parking which has contributed to the problem.

Dr. Kodagoda said that the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development was addressing the matter.

“At the moment we do not have enough parking spaces. The only areas and spaces available are very small. People must be able to park and go and attend to their work, which is mainly of a commercial nature in particular in Colombo. This is a big issue”, he said. RLJ