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Saturday sees most accidents since travel restrictions

  • 10 vehicle stickers for essential travel

By Dinitha Rathnayake

 

At least six persons were killed in six separate accidents on Saturday (6), the highest number of accidents reported within a 24-hour period since the imposition of islandwide travel restrictions in mid-May.

Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said four motorcyclists and one three-wheeler driver were among those killed in the accidents. Meanwhile a police Sub Inspector (SI) who was in a van providing security to a funeral procession, which was on the way to Oddamavadi in the Eastern Province, also lost his life in an accident.

The DIG said this increase in road accidents despite the imposition of travel restrictions was concerning, and requested people to be more vigilant on the road and to take precautionary measures to prevent accidents.

Due to travel restrictions, only vehicles related to the provision of essential services are allowed to travel across the country. To ensure this is not abused, special stickers with separate colours will be introduced from today (7) for vehicles that engage in essential services while travel restrictions are in place. The new sticker system will be in place from today onwards on all roads entering Colombo, and the sticker will be valid until the travel restrictions are lifted, according to DIG Rohana.

Accordingly, there will be a green sticker for health services vehicles; light blue sticker for the three armed forces and Police vehicles; purple for those in the private sector who provide essential services; light brown for people working in the import, export, manufacturing, and industries sectors; yellow for essential supplies; red for essential delivery services; orange for media and communications institutions; white for work related to immigration and emigration; black for humanitarian causes (funeral, medical examination, etc); and grey for pre-cooked food and delivery services. A special coloured sticker has been introduced for other duties in the public sector, he added.

This sticker will be issued after verifying the service identity card, National Identity Card, and letters issued by the relevant company. Once the sticker has been pasted, it would allow a maximum of five people to travel in a vehicle. Those unable to get the sticker today (7) will be allowed to get it the following day.