Bus fare increase after Thursday

24 June 2013 11:00 am - 3     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A final decision on the private bus fares increase will be taken after the private bus operators submit their proposals to the National Transport Commission (NTC) on Thursday, Private Transport Services Minister C.B. Ratnayaka said.

He told a news briefing held at his Ministry this monring that the private bus operators had requested for two more days to submit their proposals to the NTC.
Private bus fares were expected to be increased by 8% to 10 from July 1 with the minimum bus fare unchanged at Rs.9.

However, private bus operators have demanded a 10% increase on account of the price increase in fuel, spare parts, maintenance and wages.

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  Comments - 3

  • sham Monday, 24 June 2013 12:07 PM

    BBS you should fight for this....

    Ramal Tuesday, 25 June 2013 10:20 AM

    It's always about price hike. Okay fine, then what about the d the quality of the service provided by them? It includes the condition of the buses, well-behaviour of the conductor etc...

    Even now our people pay double the normal rate and travel by luxury buses. We do not regret for it because of the quality of the service provided by such buses.

    The culture found in those luxury bus service should be generalised to the entire public transport system. Then people will not regret about the price they pay for the trip.

    Amila Niroshan Tuesday, 25 June 2013 11:05 AM

    I do agree totaly with Ramal. Yes, at the end it is all about the satisfaction. NTC commission shuold bring a Law/Act which applies on Drivers and Conductors. NTC should introduce a set of Code of Ethics and each Driver and Conductor should get a training on it. And they should have an examination on the same before they qualified as bus Driver or Conductor. The noisey sound systems are always a disturbance to the passengers and in the law should ensure that freedom of the passengers.

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