Sri lankan driver’s rights when stopped by a police officer


Very Important advices and tips about your rights (specially when you are behind the wheels and stopped by a police officer).

  • A single Cop, CANNOT stop you on the road ! (it’s prohibited and you are not suppose to Stop either !)
  • A single cop CANNOT seize your driving license !
  • Only a ‘traffic control’ cop has the authority to request anything MORE than your NIC when you are behind wheels.
  • A single traffic cop NEVER can press charges against you. HE MUST HAVE A WITNESS IF DOES SO.
  • That’s why you always find ‘two’ cops together
  • Police is a peace controlling force. NOT AN ARMED FORCE !!!  They are prohibited by LAW to carry anything more than a BATON !  (but due to the prevailing WAR, they are issued Guns by a supreme  court ruling,till the war ENDS)
  • So, if a Cop pulls a gun on you, YOU CAN sue him !!!
  • If a COP claims that you are drunk, you have the FULL right  to ask for a ‘balloon test’, if they DO NOT HAVE it in their possession on the time of your request, you can GO.
  • Only Traffic Cops have the RIGHT to stop any moving vehicle.  (that’s why you find at least 1 normal cop in every checkpoint even though they are manned by Army)
  • COPS, CANNOT ENTER YOUR HOME OR WORK PREMISES without a court Order. You have the FULLEST right ASK for it, if they try to enter and also DENY their entrance if you ‘feel’ like it.
  • A traffic cop CANNOT seize your driving license UNTIL he fully states the crime you have committed and the relating penal code violation. If he is unsuccessful in stating them, you can go free
  • If a traffic cop seizes your license by force and ask you to come to the police station to collect it. DO NOT GO ! Lodge a complain directly to Police commission or the  Provincial IGP’, YOU can get the cop SACKED for his misconduct and unruly behavior.
  • (for girls), If a COP asks for your Identifications and  (if you think he’s doing it on purpose to harass you). you CAN deny his request. He cannot arrest you ! you have the RIGHT to request for a Female Police officer.
  • (for Girls) If you are asked to be Body checked, it’s your right to get it done by a female cop. If they don’t have one in present, DENY their action.

Remember: The vision of the Sri Lankan police is “Towards a Peaceful environment to live with confidence, without fear of Crime and Violence”. Always obey the rules. Give your maximum support to  “Friendly, Professional, and Prestigious Police Service” and police officers.


S.D. I.G. Traffic Admin.& Road Safety  +94-11-2441197
Director Traffic Admin & Road Safety   +94-11-2324984

1 comment for “Sri lankan driver’s rights when stopped by a police officer

  1. July 9, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Please visit the link below for updated information on police official web site.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *