Sri Lanka on Friday made it mandatory for all three-wheel taxis, popularly known as tuk tuks, to fix a meter and issue a receipt at the end of the trip.
The new rule had been announced on April 1, but a two week grace period had been issued following a request made by the Taxi Driver’s Association.
A Transport Ministry official said that passengers could now request for a receipt at the end of their trip and those who faced any problems could lodge a complaint at the nearest police station.
Sri Lanka’s three wheels, more popularly known as tuk tuk’s, is a popular mode of public transport among the locals and tourists.
The Ministry official said the police had been vested with powers to arrest any three wheel driver who will not adhere to the new rule and fail to fix a meter.
“This new law has been made compulsory to regularize the public transport system as we have found that many three wheelers are yet not metered which leads to passengers complaining that they often get cheated,” the official said.
Sri Lanka’s Tourism Minister John Amaratunga welcomed the move saying this would ensure a hassle free travel for the tourists.
Currently, there are around 750,000 three-wheelers operating as passenger taxis in Sri Lanka.