Planing to come down to Sri Lanka soon? Boy do I have some good news for you!!
Now thanks to a new government initiated project, you can say “bye bye” (at least partly) to the fear and anxiety you have developed about coming here from hearing the many horror stories about “Tuk Tuk adventures” in Sri Lanka.
while majority of Sri Lankan tuk tuk drivers are friendly and helpful towards tourists, there have been a few account of bad treatment and fraud which has given a bad reputation to the whole industry and to the islands reputation of being a safe destination.
In order to make your tuk tuk experience more positive, the government has launched a tourist friendly tuk tuk service training program. Currently the project mainly focuses on the main touristy areas of the island such as Ella, Colombo and Galle and plans to eventually spread to more areas.
The aim of this program is to provide a more safe, organized and low cost rides totourist both local and international, by introducing metered taxis with accepted touristy standards and proper training of the drivers. As a part of this training the drivers will be given training in language skills(no more hand language required), road discipline(No more “Fast and the Furious” sequels) and customer care. The certified drivers will be required to display a badge for easy recognition by tourists along with an identity card baring basic details of the driver.
From personal experience I know that while traveling the most amount of stress comes from having to deal with not-so friendly drivers, over priced rides and just the fear of being conned. So in my opinion this news is a heavy weight off any travelers shoulder! Isn’t it relaxing to know that your in trained hands and you wont be coned anytime soon?
So if you ever do visit the island make sure to sought out the trained tuk tuks for a better and positive experience.
until next time,