In summary, December hols, in SL drove to Kataragama. Got caught on speed gun doing 91 on a 70 stretch of Galle Road. Two cops on motobike. Wary smile. Theirs confident. I am informed of my lapse and my license asked for. Cop holds it firmly, the battle is won.
So ticket of 1,500 looms. The fact that they will keep my license in the Tangalle Police and I have to pay ticket at post office and then go claim the license from the Tangalle Police looms much bigger. Especially since I am on holiday for two weeks and it’s a Sunday.
No time or patience to argue, they are right, I was speeding. Wished the law were changed where they didn’t have to keep my license. Either I pay a spot fine, or they retain my details and issue me a ticket returning my license. Everywhere else I have got caught speeding, this has been the case. In England, just a photo of your car and your traffic infringement arrives by post.
I request that we reach agreement with satisfaction of all parties. I am informed that this kind of arrangement is completely up to me. I open wallet. Only bloody 2000 rupee notes reside in it. So one parts my company.
My license is returned. I say my goodbyes and proceed.
I am to blame more than they. But the law must change. When we know that thank you notes cannot be exchanged for said license we will be encouraged to practice far more honesty. The Police so mad that they will immediately be more diligent for they no longer can hold retaining the license over us the people.
I honestly would have paid the ticket, but to go through the hassle of going back to Tangalle and postponing my return to blighty was well worth the thank you note.
The rest of my holiday I ensured to have 500 rupee thank you notes always available in my wallet. Didn’t speed either.