Sri Lanka's motor vehicle registrations rose 31.62 % to 525, 421 in 2011 from 369,243 in 2010, following a tax cut that increased people's access to vehicles, official data shows.
According to data released by the Department of Motor Traffic, registrations of three-wheelers rose 39.96 % to 1 38,436 in 2011 from 83,114 in 2010 to and motor cycles by 11.72% to 232,120 in 2011from 204,811 in 2010. Motor car registrations rose 60.14 % to 57,887 in 2011 from 23,072 in 2010.
Commenting on the increase in motor vehicle registrations, B.D.L Dharmapriya,Commissioner General of Motor Traffic said the number of vehicles in Colombo has increased but not in remote rural areas where transportation is a major problem.
He noted that the number of three wheelers recorded an increase in rural areas and it will help to ease the transport difficulty faced by villagers.