The Cabinet has approved a 12.5% bus fare hike with the fare Rs.12 for the first segment of the journey with effect from midnight, Deputy Minister of Transport Ashoka Abeysinghe said.
He told the Daily Mirror that the approval was granted on the condition that there would be no bus fare increases for the next two years.
Inter-Provincial Private Bus Association (IPPBA) President Sarath Vijitha Kumara said the approved fare increment was more than enough than IPPBA demanded.
“We had requested 15 percent fare increment, but 12.5 percent is more than enough. We are having a discussion this evening with the Deputy Transport Minister Ashoka Abesinghe and there we will show the actual price increment we requested,” he said.
Lanka Private Bus Owners' Association (LPBOA) President Gemunu Wijeratne said the increment would lead to a total collapse of the private bus sector and the National Policy on Bus Fare Increment had totally collapsed.
“This is only a short-term benefit. In the long-term we will lose,” he said.
“The condition on not increasing the bus fare for the next two years will increase the loss. Now we have to stay calm whatever happens to the private bus service. This is what the other private bus associations tried to get. Now we all finish,” he said.
Meanwhile, All Ceylon Private Bus Owners' Federation (ACPBOF) Secretary Anjana Priyanjith said, that the Association would be meeting with the Transport Deputy Minister this evening and after the meeting, it would announce its decision. (Chaturanga Samarwickrama)
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Comments - 5
Pradeep Tuesday, 22 May 2018 02:01 PM
How come Rs. 10 increased by 12.5% would be 12? it is 11.25cts and rounded off to 11. God save Citizens if Banana Republic.
CITIZEN Tuesday, 22 May 2018 02:26 PM
But the bus fellows have already implemented the revision from this morning although the revision is effective from midnight tonight! They know that the Authorities cannot even pull a hair of theirs!!!
Fucka palalanya Henna Gahapiya Tuesday, 22 May 2018 02:50 PM
ali Tuesday, 22 May 2018 07:49 PM
Will our people go to their destinations before midnight to save some peanuts as happened in fuel hike?
Roger Wednesday, 23 May 2018 09:35 AM
Could we please have the correct price list for the revised fares.and as they demand for increase in fares we too demand that all money paid to bus conductors should be returned with a ticket for the ammount paid. Please impliment this immediately
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