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Fuel price reduction affects private bus transport: LPBOA

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Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA) President Gamunu Wijeratna today said a huge loss had incurred in the private transport industry due to the recent fuel price reduction.

Mr. Wijeratna said after the minimum bus fare was reduced to Rs. 8, the balance was returned to the passengers whereas the Rs. 1 was not returned when the minimum fare was at Rs. 9.  

“The truth is conductors won’t give the balance to the passengers and they do not return that to the bus operators. Instead of that, now the balance is returned to the passengers and bus conductors and drivers reduce this from the daily collection. As a result it is a burden for the bus owners to continue the industry,” Mr. Wijerathne said.

By reducing the fuel price, mainly Petrol prices; most of the people travel in their own motor cars and motorcycles. That reduces the daily income from the buses, he further said.(Chaturanga Pradeep)
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  • Sadiq Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:21 AM

    This means, your conductors are not issuing tickets.

    ruwani perera Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:27 AM

    What a complicated problem to be solved by a union leader who was in the forefront in demos during the previous regime. Interestingly this guy was a key member of the yahapalana initiatives.

    TuskerLK Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:43 AM

    So Mr.Chairman, Improve your controls instead of whining about the robbery taking place inside your buses. all this time you guys are striking saying the cost has gone up.. now...pathetic..

    puran Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:51 AM

    hoda wade ubata

    boris Thursday, 26 February 2015 05:25 PM

    Slow Shana and Top Cat : but only a seat in the previous MR Government!

    Mason Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:59 AM

    this guy admits that by way of cheating the commuters he has made more income. Will the Law take action against him? We know he is an UNPer, but the Party has said that irrespective party affiliation, action would be taken against law-breakers !!

    de silva Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:12 PM

    You must be joking Mister.I travelled with a private bus to Dambulla recently from Kandy.The fare was 93 rupees and I gave 100 rupees and I never got the 7 rupees back.On my return I took a CTB bus.The fare was 90 rupees and I got 10 rupees back.The Conductors are cheating the passengers.What nonsencence are you talking.

    mack Wednesday, 25 February 2015 09:30 PM

    this guy is pathetic via DM Android App

    public Thursday, 26 February 2015 06:57 AM

    you want SL government to increase the price again,...? so that, you all can enjoy that Rs 1 benefit no...? then why did you all make huge protest when the price was increased in previous government. just drama...?

    Kosala Thursday, 26 February 2015 07:01 AM

    Now only the Truth coming out. via DM Android App

    bus Thursday, 26 February 2015 07:23 AM

    Now you can decide whether this fool deserve this place. How mad via DM Android App

    bartict Thursday, 26 February 2015 01:07 PM

    Let this idiot at least now understand that even in the private bus business "customer is king"

    Slo shana Thursday, 26 February 2015 08:05 AM

    He is a suitable candidate to become a minister in sri lanka.

    dumbell Thursday, 26 February 2015 08:10 AM

    lol.. he sounds like a 5 year old via DM Android App

    Top Cat Thursday, 26 February 2015 08:21 AM

    He deserves a seat in parliament!!!

    ibadun Thursday, 26 February 2015 08:24 AM

    such an illegal act being practice legally and where is yahapalana

    cedric van Thursday, 26 February 2015 08:52 AM

    This is a joke!!!.you try to pass on savings to the public and the bus owners find that this does not meet their requirements.Stop complaining Bus Owners. It is time you gave something back to the public

    Mohamed Hussain Saturday, 28 February 2015 11:18 AM

    Mr. Gamunu... Stop complaining.... The fuel price is reduced and proportionately the bus fair was also reduced. The private bus owners are spending less on fuel now so there can not be any loss by the reduction of bus fair. If the conductor/Driver are not honest and are playing with the bus owner or passengers (not returning the balance) then this will have to be look into by you in a different angle instead of blaming the good done by reducing the fuel price.

    roshan Thursday, 26 February 2015 08:55 AM

    Let him join gammanpillai and boruwansa

    Zuh Thursday, 26 February 2015 09:20 AM

    Another stupid act to get media publicity.. Empty Vessels..Nut cases...

    Desha Thursday, 26 February 2015 09:24 AM

    Mutanam Pissu......!!!

    Kiris Baba Amaray Thursday, 26 February 2015 09:31 AM

    You are an idiot. Get lost mann.

    microcric Thursday, 26 February 2015 07:48 PM

    so this guy admits that they have cheated passengers, he should be brought to justice for this fraud that has been committed against innocent commuters.

    lkboy Thursday, 26 February 2015 09:46 AM

    But the expressway bus conductors pocket-out the 5 rupees!

    Karuna Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:06 AM

    A bola. Apita Car wala yanna salli thiyenawanam, Thope hampada bus wala yanne mokada. Anika Kondalath harima hodaine neda? Un hondata nala karala ehemane enne Ha ha ha....!!!!

    yapa Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:07 AM

    This Pathetic man dont address the reason why people use their own transport the pathetic bus drivers eating the precious time by going slowly....for 22km they take 1.5 hours between Godagama and Townhall .. via DM Android App

    mailman Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:17 AM

    When prices are increased they go to town wanting the fare price increased but all sorts of baba talk when prices are to be reduced. via DM Android App

    Veritas Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:38 AM

    A fool! They should have been returning the 1 rupee when the minimum fare was nine and one had given ten. I made every effort to always have nine rupees when travelling on a short route! But then, honesty is not a strong suit in this culture.


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