Foot driver’s world feat gets the boot

By Shane Seneviratne

An attempt by well known television actor Buddhika Rambukwella to set a world record by driving a car using his feet from Kandy to Colombo was thwarted yesterday after the Attorney General ruled that the law requires drivers have both their hands on the steering wheel while driving.

Kandy police senior superintendent Jayantha Gammanpila said he had sought the opinion of the AG on the matter and the Police were advised that they should stop Mr. Rambukwella as his driving by feet contravened the country’s motor traffic laws.

A large crowd had gathered near the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy last morning along with many supporters of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) to see off Mr. Rambukwella on his world-record-setting quest. The JHU had also organised several receptions as he passes different towns on his down hill drive to Colombo.

The SSP said drivers were required by law to have both their hands on the steering wheel at all times while driving except to change gears, turn on signal lights or related activities.

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