Police to register all three-wheelers except PickMe, Uber 

By Dinitha Rathnayake


The Police have embarked on a project to register three-wheeler vehicles and their drivers in an accessible database, with special emphasis placed on those operating out of three-wheeler parks and stands, whilst excluding those registered with firms operating mobile apps such as PickMe and Uber. 

Speaking to The Morning, Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police (SDIG) – Crimes, Organised Crimes, Crimes Intelligence, Women and Child Abuse Prevention Bureau, Narcotics, and Election Range Lalith Pathinayake explained that the purpose of the initiative is to identify the drivers’ details for passengers, and also for the Police to act immediately in the event of any crime involving three-wheelers or the theft of three-wheelers.

“We will especially focus on three-wheelers that operate from three-wheeler parks and stands,“ he added.

Meanwhile, the Police Headquarters is taking steps to create a mobile app called “Safe Journey in Sri Lanka”.

According to SDIG Pathinayake, a picture of the driver and the three-wheeler would be registered with a barcode in this app, which the police officers in turn would have access to.

“In this application and database, we would enter the name of the owner and the driver of the three-wheeler, their contact numbers, the chassis number, etc.,” Pathinayake said.

The pilot project commenced from the Central Province.

“We assume that there are around 5,000 three-wheelers within the Kandy Town that have to be registered.”

SDIG Pathinayake added that the project would then be expanded to other provinces as well, and that the registration process would be completed within the next two months.

Currently, around 200,000 three-wheeler drivers are engaged in providing transportation services at three-wheeler parks and stands across the country.

Passengers who board the three-wheelers would also be able to check the details of the drivers by scanning the QR code sticker pasted inside the three-wheelers, via the mobile app.

The second stage of this project would also consider lorries, buses, and vans that are available for hire.