COLOMBO, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan police on Monday began screening three-wheeled taxis to ascertain whether they had followed the new regulations introduced by the Transport Ministry for the safety and security of passengers, including tourists.
The three-wheelers are a popular means of public transport in the island country, used largely by locals and foreigners.
The Transport Ministry last month introduced new regulations, which came into effect on Sunday, making it compulsory for the registration number, name, driving license number of the driver, a photograph of the driver and telephone numbers of the respective police stations where the vehicle is registered, to be displayed behind the driver's seat.
The new regulations will also require the driver to fix an electronic meter which will indicate the fare amount and issue a receipt to the passenger at the end of the trip.
The new regulations were introduced after an increasing number of tourists complained of being harassed, abused and cheated to pay higher fares by three-wheelers' drivers in recent months.