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Special IDs for Galle trishaw drivers

Starting tomorrow the first 100 ID cards will be issued to drivers operating within the Galle Fort. Only those trishaw drivers with IDs will be able to transport tourists within the Ramparts in future. This will operate as a pilot project and if successful be extended to the entire Municipality.
Those drivers dealing with the tourists will also be given lessons in the English language and history of the Ramparts.
There are around 750 trishaw drivers in the Galle Municipality and the Galle Heritage Foundation (GHF) is concerned with the increasing number of robberies using three wheelers that have been reported to them in recent times. This step has been taken primarily to safeguard the tourists who visit the Ramparts using three wheelers.
Some of these trishaw drivers have been involved in crimes and used their vehicles to commit them. There is also concern of them not being registered and parking all over creating difficulty in identifying them to owners, according to Galle Mayor Methsiri de Silva. He pointed out that this measure was taken to protect the good trishaw drivers operating in the area.
Mayor de Silva has approved the suggestion made by the Galle Heritage Foundation to issue these trishaw drivers with IDs and wants all the trishaw drivers in the Municipality to be registered and given these ID cards.
(DP and NS)