LTTE seeks waiver
from driving licence rule
By Chris Kamalendran
The LTTE has demanded that the government waives laws requiring
that its cadres carry driving and vehicle licences when in government-controlled
areas. The demand came when the LTTE's eastern military leader,
Karuna, met Defence Secretary Austin Fernando and the Head of the
Scandinavian monitors this week for a five-hour meeting to discuss
a variety of issues, including the law and order situation.
Karuna had demanded
that the laws connected with driving and riding licence be waived
when their members enter the government-controlled areas, as they
were not willing to accept the 'government administrative and judicial
the meeting, told journalists that they were fighting against the
government administration for all these years because the government's
system could not be accepted immediately and therefore the LTTE
was not willing to accept their administration and judicial system.
He said the
LTTE's position was conveyed to Mr. Fernando at the meeting. The
issue had been raised after LTTE members who were entering into
cleared areas were told to produce driving and revenue licence,
but the members had refused to accede to the request.The government
had earlier set November 30 as the deadline for all vehicles entering
from uncleared areas into the cleared areas to carry revenue and
driving licences, but the LTTE members had failed to obey the instructions.
However, civilians travelling from the uncleared areas had followed
Secretary M.N. Junaid told The Sunday Times the deadline was later
extended to December 31, but the LTTE members had failed to follow
an internationally accepted rule that anybody driving a vehicle
in any part of the world should possess a valid driving licence,"
he said. He said the implementing authority was the police and therefore
the Interior Ministry had issued the orders. He
said the government was prepared to issue on the spot licence for
those who were willing to obtain them.