CCTV to monitor bus services

25 November 2013 11:27 am - 16     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Steps were being taken to network the Private Transport Services Ministry, the National Transport Commission and the Bastian Mawatha Bus Station through a CCTV camera system, the Private Transport Services Ministry said.

This project would enable the Ministry to examine the passenger terminal of the National Transport Commission and the Bastian Mawatha Bus Station.
“Minister C. B. Ratnayake has decided to implement this project with the objective of minimising harassments undergone by passengers at the Bastian Mawatha passenger terminal. He therefore expects the private bus service to improve in ethics and safety, through the implementation of this project”, Private Transport Services Ministry Secretary, Padmasiri Jayamanna said.

“The Minister has also decided to take the necessary steps to provide bus owners and employees who approach the National Transport Commission, with a reliable and an efficient service” he said.

A separate scheme was to be implemented to address the requests put forward to the National transport Commission by bus owners and employees within a certain period of time and measures were also being taken to introduce pre-paid cards in place of the usual bus tickets for private bus services.

“Although the National Transport Commission was given orders to introduce a pre-paid card in place of bus tickets to carry out the private bus service about a year-and-a-half ago, the orders were not carried out. However, the Ministry has now taken the initiative to present a Cabinet paper to implement the prepaid card system”, the Ministry Secretary said.

The introduction of pre-paid cards to replace bus tickets was aided by Mobitel and the People’s Bank of Sri Lanka. (Naduni Jayasinghe)

  Comments - 16

  • Snowdon Asange Monday, 25 November 2013 05:33 PM

    make it law NOT to stay at halts for more than 3 mins. Sometimes they stay for like 10 mins or more, thereby delaying the passengers who may have an appointment to attend. Also educate the passengers to take video of illegal acts by drivers and conductors... Now almost everyone has a video enabled cell phone. make the videos and send to news out lets with the face of the guys and the number plates.... Thuggerism by these goons need to be stopped....

    dehiwela Monday, 25 November 2013 05:58 PM

    plesae minister come and see dehiwela junction

    game Kolla Monday, 25 November 2013 11:45 AM

    Before implementing anything teach them how drive, wear uniform, pleasant manners....issue tickets.... pick up and drop passengers at bus halts only.

    Chugum Monday, 25 November 2013 06:33 PM

    The improvement of ethics cannot be done by CCTV surveillance. it has to start at the primary school.

    Rani Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:31 AM

    From Dehiwela junction private buses to Maharagama ,tNugegoda &,Colombo most of these conductors are very rude to women when ask for ticket they abuse in filthy way and avoid giving change. Their clothes so smelly and wearing flip flops so
    dirty creeping through customers no manners at all some are chuing beetle.filthy. Please come and see undercover agent
    how they behave.Mr.P.Jayamanna over to you.

    tuan m. raban Wednesday, 27 November 2013 02:50 AM

    Hope this comment would catch the 'eye' of the responsible .The private bus drivers should be with suitable qalifications to do their job.It's disgusting in everyway and everyday on this issue how this service has been offered to the public.The minister of tranport should see to himself to believe how the public suffer resorting this mode of transport. 'Hon' minister of transport this is over to you.!

    ANTON Monday, 25 November 2013 12:38 PM


    micheal knight Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:39 AM

    totally agree ....police are very blind to all the vehicles that over take the double and single lines on the roads these daysat almost every junction and bends while the disciplined drivers stick the lanes and rules all the 3wheelers and 2wheelers and vip prados over take and block the lanes selfishly and the cops dont say a thing to them. so whats the big deal ???

    truth Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:00 AM

    Hope the Bus Owner, staff, and then passengers rights will not be exploited via DM Android App

    Mari Tuesday, 26 November 2013 02:12 AM

    True. Specially 154( it runs through Colombo09,08,03,04, and 06). It will take more than 60 mins for a person to to travel from Kelani bridge to Bambalapitiya.They atleast waste 5 to 10 mins at Kelani bridge, Dematagoda, Borella and Torrington!!

    Haka Haka Tuesday, 26 November 2013 02:17 AM

    This is SL, where there is no law, no manners, no respect, no money, no food and yes, no decency.

    helo Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:00 AM

    this is already there. you can see all the cams from ctb office narahenpita.they were monitoring for years.why the concern now via DM Android App

    Lal Tuesday, 26 November 2013 02:48 AM

    As a part of training, I'd say, put them all in 3 wheelers and subject them to the same kind of treatment and indiscipline that they mete out to others. And make sure they do the whole distance of the bus route. Hopefully it will teach these Maniacs to stop playing with peoples lives.

    Ex CTB Monday, 25 November 2013 02:56 PM

    Hon Minister. You seem seem to be having grandiose schemes with a world of experience in the field of bus top. But up to you have not been able to even 'run ' the depleted fleet. Please do not take the public for a ride.

    NM Monday, 25 November 2013 04:14 PM

    Before doing this, they should devise a way to prevent such awful traffic offences by the buses. Driving likes maniacs around Sri lanka and acting like big bullies on road. Where are the law enforcers? So many accidents.. Its a hellhole on the road because of their bus maniacs

    Ruwan Monday, 25 November 2013 04:14 PM

    Please do something to make 154, 155 buses run with out wasting time in halts.

    Please someone take action.

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