ACPBWA to strike tonight against new traffic spot fines

15 August 2018 03:51 am - 33     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The All Ceylon Private Bus Workers Association (ACPBWA) said it would launch a strike from midnight against new fines imposed for violating road rules.

Speaking to media, ACPBWA Convener U.K Kumararathna Renuka said the sudden increase of new traffic fines was not reasonable.

“Our daily salary is Rs.1,500 and the spot fine is Rs.3,000. If we are fined exorbitant charges, we will not be able to look after our families,” he said.

The association urged the government not to implement the spot fines until the relevant technical equipment was fixed to the road network, Mr. Renuka said.

The private drivers of bowser, container and three-wheeler drivers of Colombo will join the protest, he said.

All Ceylon Private Bus Workers Association went on strike in the Southern province in December 2016 against the 2017 budget proposal to increase the minimum traffic fine to Rs 2500.

Meanwhile, Lanka Private Bus Owners' Association (LPBOA) President Gemunu Wijeratne requested the ACPBWA not to hold the strike action because of ongoing G.C.E. A/L examination.

He said the LPBOA cannot participate in the scheduled bus strike while disrupting the children's examination.

Therefore, Mr. Wijeratne requested the ACPBWA not to hold the strike action until the end of the examination. If they launched the strike after the examination, the LPBOA would also join them. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 33

  • Tony Wednesday, 15 August 2018 06:43 AM

    The bus drivers need not pay any fine if the driver in a sensible manner and not violate any road rules. They drive in a reckless manner and often in competition with each other. There is also a possibility that them may under the influence of drugs. A point system must be introduced as a matter of priority. I have advocated that this system be introduced over 3 years but nothing seem to be happening.The authorities should not give in to to THEIR threats.

    Niran W Wednesday, 15 August 2018 06:51 AM

    The private bus industry has turned into an uncontrolable, totally indiscipline monster, doing as it pleases terrorizing other road users, responsible for so many deaths and injuries to people everyday and now attempting to hold the people and an elected govetnment to ransom.The government must stand firm and not let this disgeaceful bus mafiiosi to dictate terms. Devlare a limited emergency, take over private buses that do not run and get the Armed forces to provide a service to the people.The government MUST govern

    Scirocco TS Wednesday, 15 August 2018 12:55 PM

    Well said. The time is ripe for us to consider bringing in the Armed forces to teach these uneducated pricks a good lesson.

    Mohd Wednesday, 15 August 2018 06:55 AM

    Let them strike, why they can’t obey the traffic law and why can’t respect the police force check the bus driver of route no 15, 18 ,49 and 88 for these bus drivers no rules at all ,while driving on the Kandy-Colombo high way others can’t drive at all .Pls high way traffic police officers check these bus drivers. Our ministers are traveling to Middle East (DUBAI ,SHARJAH AND AUBU DUBAI ) their no very well how drivers are obeying the rule. Horn not using at all In srilanka WITH OUT HORN YOU CANT SELL YOUR VEHICLE .Three wheels drivers are mostly killers .First educate them. Bus drivers are spit on the road while driving, spoiling other vehicle and FOOT PATH PEOPLES DRESSES.

    AJ Wednesday, 15 August 2018 06:58 AM

    Nonsense , blady hell drive no need pay anything.

    Cobra Wednesday, 15 August 2018 07:02 AM

    Why does the govt. allow these buggers to dictate terms? I say scrap the private bus service altogether and improve SLTB. The private bus mud planks are working hand in glow with the hated JO and it's boss!!!

    very true Wednesday, 15 August 2018 12:49 PM

    Very true.

    ravin Wednesday, 15 August 2018 07:09 AM

    Where is the rule of law in this country. Trend of strike and demand should not be allowed anymore. Best option is increase the fine from Rs. 3000.00 to Rs.6000.00 and let them to continue there strike. Do not give in. Bad proceedings.

    Shelly Wednesday, 15 August 2018 07:11 AM

    How stupid these fellows are, they want the fines in this country to match with their salaries, make it Rs 10/= minimum,

    Sambo Wednesday, 15 August 2018 07:22 AM

    Good, because we did not have any strike scheduled for today. We are supposed to have at least one a day. A Land of Chaos.

    Nizi Wednesday, 15 August 2018 07:30 AM

    How can they protest again the fine hike. It's a good thing... that will instil more discipline in them... they thoroughly deserve the fine hike. I hope the government doesn't give in to all their whims and fancies....

    Dhanush Wednesday, 15 August 2018 07:31 AM

    Why can't you consider about your driving aswell

    Adrian Wednesday, 15 August 2018 07:43 AM

    Let them strike. Dont give in.

    Kaush Wednesday, 15 August 2018 07:46 AM

    Do not violate road rules then no fines. It's simple as that. There should be law and order in the country. Will see how strong the goverment is when handling this kind of MAFIA.

    Saradiel Wednesday, 15 August 2018 08:00 AM

    Guilty party to decide what should be the penalty? Bus driver and three wheelers are the worst traffic offenders with mo bikes not far behind. Must punish them. Anyway, ask for a meeting with the president and the matter will be resolved the way you want.

    sathees Wednesday, 15 August 2018 08:10 AM

    What are there people talking? Is it, We will break the law and pay petty fine!

    Dxb Wednesday, 15 August 2018 08:15 AM

    Again... our boneless Prez will discuss and agree to their demands... strike will be called off...

    lasitha Wednesday, 15 August 2018 08:19 AM

    Drive correctly and obey all rules and regulations. then you do not have to worry.

    RAK Wednesday, 15 August 2018 08:22 AM

    Then drive on the road thinking about other people and their families.

    PC Wednesday, 15 August 2018 08:26 AM

    These people are a law to themselves including 3 wheelers. They should be allowed to strike for as long as they want. It will never go beyond a week as most buses are on lease

    Andrew Wednesday, 15 August 2018 09:09 AM

    I have a simple solution to avoid spot fines -- Don't break the law, you twits!

    Gerad T.N Wednesday, 15 August 2018 09:14 AM

    Increase in fine for traffic violations are to reduce the accidents to minimum and maintain safety of publics,strikes against the impose of fines reflects the mentality of the drivers and owners who doesnt care of the safety and run errant and cause threats to road safety and escape with lower fines when they are caught ......what it means is that they want breach the rules with prior approval..instead in some foreign countries licences of the drives are suspended for life long for violations of road rules

    samsy Wednesday, 15 August 2018 09:43 AM

    If they drive carefully and not recklessly they wont have to pay any fines, seems they are adamant to break the law and continue to be murderous

    Dee Wednesday, 15 August 2018 12:20 PM

    Discussion will be held, a extraordinary gazette will be issued cancelling the fines. Strike over. JO happy!

    Lokusalli Wednesday, 15 August 2018 01:30 PM

    If the government do nothing to stop this crazy wild west driving of buses ,we shall only see more horrendous accidents on SL roads....Stand firm and let bus owners know there is only one law regarding road use ....obey the law or expect the consequences

    Rehan Wednesday, 15 August 2018 01:33 PM

    If you look at the up and down votes for the comments here, u can easily see that everyone is on the same page about imposing the fine, unlike other topics discussed which have for and opposing views. I hope the government takes heed and understands what the public wants.

    stardust Wednesday, 15 August 2018 01:35 PM

    These fines are justified . There are no fines if they adhere to the law no reckless driving no drugs no alcohol. Dont give in. Let them strike. via DM Android App

    Ranjitdea Wednesday, 15 August 2018 02:44 PM

    GMOA should consider supporting this strike

    Singhela Wednesday, 15 August 2018 03:43 PM

    Don't commit the crime, if you can't pay the fine.

    BV Wednesday, 15 August 2018 03:43 PM

    Ya, because at present we don't see much of a difference between the Dostara and Kondostara !

    Samson Wednesday, 15 August 2018 06:21 PM

    No driver need pay any fine if they observe road rules and discipline. Buses 3 wheeler s and motor cycles are a menace on our roads and that is why they are concerned about fines.

    True_Lankan Wednesday, 15 August 2018 06:53 PM

    handover the country to army for time begin... otherwise all tom-dick-harry will destroy this country or else send our leaders to Singapore to get training how to run a country

    JC Thursday, 16 August 2018 11:05 AM

    I would like to teach bus drivers how to drive correctly and obey the driving rules.A good smack in the face would be my way of teaching them.

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