Bus strike called off

26 July 2010 09:20 am - 15     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


 ByBByBy Gandhya Senanayake

The private bus strike which was scheduled to commence
tomorrow has been called off following discussions with the Western Province Transport Minister Upali Kodikara, Private Bus Owners Association (PBOA) President Gemunu Wijeratne told Daily Mirror online.  

He added that a price reduction was agreed upon at the meeting and accordingly a route permit would be Rs. 500 while other permits will also be reduced.

Earlier PBOA President Gemunu Wijerathne had stated that if the prices revision was not withdrawn by Monday that the bus operators would have to pass the increase of cost to the commuters at the next price revision in July.  

The increases of fees on bus route permits which were done after seven years and were marginal according to the Western Province Road Passenger Transport Authority were to be effective from the 1st of August. (Daily Mirror online)



  Comments - 15

  • Sanga Monday, 26 July 2010 12:42 PM

    Called off or it just Show off???

    Wac Tuesday, 27 July 2010 03:16 AM

    Pls lodge a complain to western province transport ministry with exact details of the bus. They will sure inquire and at least warn the driver.

    Geronimo Monday, 26 July 2010 01:02 PM

    It was all a bluff, you know, Bluff!!!!!!!

    jeena Tuesday, 27 July 2010 04:36 AM

    Change in attitude brings change in society

    bugger Monday, 26 July 2010 09:26 AM

    Sanity prevails

    Gayan Samarasekara Monday, 26 July 2010 09:36 AM

    You should have launched it somehow.. :D Anyway, it is alright to call off the strike, as bus owners might suffer. However make sure that you don't do such immediate cancellations during election periods. We need action dramas..

    ajith Monday, 26 July 2010 09:55 AM

    Even more than the cost of the journey, the commuters find a hard time when traveling in private buses and they need ear plugs.
    There is deafening sound emitting from their music speakers.
    When we complain they tell us to get down and go.
    Can the dear Minister intervene and get rid of this menace.

    arshad Monday, 26 July 2010 09:59 AM

    look forward to see a hike in fare!!!!

    Bluff Bluff Monday, 26 July 2010 10:18 AM

    We knew what the outcome would be at the rate the Unions were shouting!

    Bandula Monday, 26 July 2010 10:22 AM

    Why is the Government giving into these private bus mudalalis. They don't allow the government to introduce more busses so that people can travel in comfort because they are only concerned about their income. It is time that government introduce laws to prevent overcrowding in busses and issue more licences. Or the government should streamline the transport system by issuing licences in each route to a bus company with minimum of 30 to 50 busses.

    Dennis Monday, 26 July 2010 10:29 AM

    Dear minister, Do not agree or provide any concessions to PVT bus owners., pl stick to hard rules for sake of poor commuters. Confiscate all PVT buses do not run for commuters tomorrow, and cancel their route permits. If any buses that were servicing for commuters on 25th & 26th July, have reported as broken-down or under repairs on 27th July, let those owners to prove with a certificate issued by reputed garages where their busses are getting repaired & implement a strict rule that whoever has issued bogus certificate will be fined or jailed. Since 1977 we commuters have suffered enough & got harassed by shit PVT bus service. This is high time to tame them.

    Rishan Tuesday, 27 July 2010 08:10 AM

    yes music should be banned in bus during a journey , not only in busses but in three wheelers as well.

    shanthapriya Monday, 26 July 2010 11:12 AM

    absolutely true

    Wasantha Tuesday, 27 July 2010 08:15 AM

    A win -win situation for both parties.

    shanthapriya Monday, 26 July 2010 11:16 AM


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