New Rules

A system to educate drivers and riders a new penalty points system and other new rules introduced by government

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The laws of Sri Lanka can seem rather confusing when driving in the area. Rest assured the country does have traffic laws, like any country. However, many people do not adhere to them. In fact, tourists driving in Sri Lanka often have to resort to the same lawless mentality of the locals.


Side of the Street
The official policy is to drive on the left side of the street, in the same style as England and Australia. However, people often use both sides of the road, depending on flow of traffic.

Other Laws
Speed limits are based on the area and the vehicle being driven, but are generally around 50 to 70 kilometers an hour. Seat belts must be worn at all times by everyone in the car.
Headlights are to be dimmed or turned off in well lit areas. When passing another vehicle, it is recommended that you do so from the right lane.
Park in designated parking areas only. Do not park on the street or sidewalks, as it blocks traffic. If you have to park on the street, pull onto the dirt and face the direction of traffic. Use hazard lights only in the case of an emergency and not to park temporarily