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Bus fares should go up by 5-6 percent: Gemunu

21 June 2016 07:48 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Bus fares should go up by five to six percent July 1 onwards, in keeping with the agreement with the National Transport Commission (NTC), Lanka Private Bus Owners' Association (LPBOA) Chairman Gemunu Wijeratne said today.

According to the NTC the bus fare increment for this year was calculated as 3.2 percent, he said.
“Bus fare should be increased from five to six percent. The 3.2 percentage increase had come out due to calculation error,” he said.

“As LPBOA, we do not request 15 per cent increment. Five to six percent increment is bearable for the people in the country,” Wijeratne said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

  Comments - 7

  • Unchikun Tuesday, 21 June 2016 09:59 PM

    More reasonable than the 12% VAT.

    stunned citizens Wednesday, 22 June 2016 01:21 AM

    out of curiosity do these guys pay taxes at all additionally its about time the government introduces a mass rail transportation system plus a better fleet to SLTB. that would keep these chaps in check via DM iOS App

    Quality Wednesday, 22 June 2016 03:13 AM

    Gemunu's Annual Festival. Hon President please don't agree for it. In future, all BUS fare hike should be linked to QUALITY OF SERVICE given to the public. Gemunu's Buses never return the balance money to passengers, arrogant treatment to the passengers, bus tickets are not given, overtaking other buses at the risk of passengers etc.

    Joe Wednesday, 22 June 2016 08:14 AM

    First tell them to cleanup interior and improve sitting and comfortability... And decide for a better pay... via DM Android App

    Dee Wednesday, 22 June 2016 09:04 AM

    5% is decent enough. When most essential commodities are more than 15% cheaper than two years back. This nation still thinks that the 4% increase in vat is a 15% increase. How educated are we?

    Sim Wednesday, 22 June 2016 09:17 AM

    Gemunu you only talk of increasing the fare. How about your service to passengers. Even after the increase we have to travel like cattle

    Sincere Wednesday, 22 June 2016 10:52 AM

    Ooooh aiyooop.... we just had a fall from.the tree and here now a bull to attack us!

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