Island-wide bus strike a success: IPPBA

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The Inter Provincial Private Bus Association (IPPBA) President Sarath Vijitha Kumara today said the ongoing island-wide bus strike was successful.

All inter-provincial and Colombo based buses which were operated from Gunasinghapura and Bastian Mawatha bus terminals came to a standstill and no buses were operated in and outside of Colombo.

“We visited most of the bus terminals in Colombo, including Gunasinghapura and Bastian Mawatha. All bus terminals are deserted. Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) President Gemunu Wijeratne couldn’t put his own buses to the street. He couldn’t even find a single driver to operate his buses, “he added.

He said Mr. Wijerathne’s lies have now been revealed; “Transport Deputy Minister Asoka Abeysinghe telephoned me in the morning to have a discussion with them. We are not in a situation of having a discussion without the removal of the Rs.25, 000 fine,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mr. Wijerathne yesterday said that he would not join the countrywide bus strike.
While speaking to the Daily Mirror, LPBOA President Gemunu Wijerathne said that he cannot join the ongoing bus strike as his association wants to serve the people.

“I cannot put my buses on the streets because the bus drivers unions are also with the bus strike. This will lead the bus service industry to collapse,” Wijerathne said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)


Video by Bimal Shaman Jayasinghe and RM

  Comments - 23

  • dhanu Friday, 02 December 2016 03:53 PM

    Exactly! keep striking you morons

    DillonDP Friday, 02 December 2016 05:49 PM

    This strike should go on... and hope they loose their income,

    ranjit Friday, 02 December 2016 06:04 PM

    Great! 'Thang satutatha'?

    zimry Friday, 02 December 2016 12:05 PM

    My dear bus owners we shall see how long you guys gonna strike, by the 10th of December you finance company is gonna call and ask for you payment for this month, then we shall see what you morons gonna do!!!!!!!!!!

    Lasitha Friday, 02 December 2016 12:06 PM

    Why can't you guys follow the rules and regulations .... its thats simple............ start stopping in bus stand.... stop driving like barbarians... stop stopping to collect people in the middle of the road....... Bus service should be taken to the government then these guys will more civilized

    Philip Friday, 02 December 2016 12:08 PM

    Yes, it was a huge success. I was able to ride my bicycle without being run off the road by a 'white bus cowboy'!

    ANTON Friday, 02 December 2016 12:13 PM


    jml Friday, 02 December 2016 06:49 PM

    arrest sarath vijitha Kumara soon via DM Android App

    Raj Friday, 02 December 2016 12:14 PM

    cancel those route permits ASAP......

    Senduran Friday, 02 December 2016 12:22 PM

    Useless people , this tells us that they will never obey the road rules, they sure that they will surely over take from left and soo on , if you drive properly you dont need to worry about it.typical Sri Lanka , in my opinion this must be doubled to 50000.

    Mayoo Friday, 02 December 2016 06:58 PM

    wonder of Asia via DM iOS App

    disgusting Friday, 02 December 2016 07:17 PM

    introduce the white van formula. this nonesense should stop. via DM Android App

    Citizen R Friday, 02 December 2016 07:51 PM

    The life you take,the families who suffer for the rest of their lifes ,all for making the roads death traps and you want to pay nothing ????How can the public be held to ransom by greedy owners bent on breaking every traffic rule......Lets see what happens when the buses are parked in front of your houses I would recommend 50,000 not 25000 and confiscate the vehicle for 6 months.

    Garuda Friday, 02 December 2016 08:37 PM

    Why would anyone worry about fines if they are obeying the laws of the country. I would say a fine is a very mild action for the errant driving of these buses and threewheelers. High time the government makes transport an essential services and take this goons to task

    k.soysa Friday, 02 December 2016 08:57 PM

    Just get more CTB buses, improve their services and let these cursed hooligans remain on strike.

    Sarojini Rajapakse Friday, 02 December 2016 09:26 PM

    President should stand strong and ban all private buses. He get the army to operate the CTB and terminate every driver without any final settlement who went on strike. SrI Lankan morons should be taught a lesson once and for all.

    Be Fair Friday, 02 December 2016 02:32 PM

    I am so glad it was a success, becos we had an amazing rife on the road, no idiotic and manic bus drivers.[Though I would apologize to the Commuters who would have been inconvenienced]

    RAZ Friday, 02 December 2016 02:49 PM

    The bus maniac & Auto murders should be taught a lesson of their life via DM Android App

    Nora Friday, 02 December 2016 02:50 PM

    Enough is enough. How much longer is this government going to let these criminals get away with this? Not only are they striking but damaging public property and closing main roads. Take a stand Yahapalanaya and bring out the Army if the police can't do their jobs. MR would have put all of these strikers in hospital or in coffins. Fines are the only way to discipline these law breakers.

    make ceylon Friday, 02 December 2016 03:03 PM

    what a country!! You are protesting to break the law!!DO NOT give into these morons! Let them strike lets see who wins.

    sanjaya Saturday, 03 December 2016 07:06 AM

    They are asking permission to kill the people. Idiots... via DM Android App

    Ice Saturday, 03 December 2016 07:36 AM

    Their success is a failure of law in the country.. this is what happens when a set of uneducated people run the country

    stardust Friday, 02 December 2016 03:16 PM

    I hope the Government is not giving in to their demands. It's a constant blackmailing

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