The Government is soon scheduled to raise the age limit of three-wheeler drivers eligible to carry passengers.

The National Council for Road Safety explained that the Ministry of Transport would within two week issue three gazette notifications pertaining to continuing the speed limit currently imposed on three-wheelers (40 kilometres per hour {kmh}), making it mandatory for anyone sitting for the Department of Motor Traffic exam for obtaining the three-wheeler license to obtain a certificate from the Council in prior by sitting for a one day training programme, and on the proposed increase of the aforementioned age limit.
Chairman of the Council, Dr. Sisira Kodagoda informed that with regard to the issuing of the passenger transportation permit, although the Government hoped to increase the age to 35, a limit to which certain professional three-wheeler drivers associations had consented to, some such associations had objected to such, and thereby called for the age limit to be set at 25. “A decision regarding whether the limit is 25 or 30 or 35 will probably be taken by June 30. Those above 18 with the three-wheeler license can drive the vehicle and carry goods but cannot transport passengers until they reach the age limit at which they become eligible to obtain the said permit,” he added.
Three-wheeler drivers associations and individual three-wheeler drivers had meanwhile requested the Council to raise the current legal speed limit of 40kmh to 50kmh. However, when the Council had queried about the possibility of doing so from the manufacturers and producers from India such as Bajaj (accounts for 90% of the Sri Lankan three-wheeler market) and TVS Motor Company and other companies (which account for the balance 10% of the three-wheelers in the market), they had informed that due to the technical conditions, the maximum speed limit was 40kmh. Thus, this limit will be continued, he pointed out.

“Within two weeks, Minister of Transport Nimal Siripala De Silva will obtain Cabinet approval for the age limit and gazette such,”
Dr. Kodagoda explained.