Registered vehicles doubled in 10 years

The Department of Motor Traffic says the number of registered vehicles in Sri Lanka has doubled in the past decade.

Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, Commissioner General of the Department Sumith Alahakoon said however the number road accidents has not spiked in comparison to the increase in vehicles.

He said at present nearly 8.3 million vehicles are on roads with a majority being motorcycles.

Sumith Alahakoon said in 2010, 3.95 million vehicles were registered in Sri Lanka but it increased to more than double by December 2020 to 8.29 million.

4.8 million motorcycles, 1.1 million three-wheelers and 800,000 motor cars have been registered in the country during the past decade.

When questioned by media over the rapid increase in accidents, Commissioner General of Motor Traffic Sumith Alahakoon said they cannot attribute the rise in accidents to the increase in the number of vehicles on roads.

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