While claiming that it was ready to provide relief to commuters if the use of prepaid cards were made compulsory, the Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA) said it was expecting a 6 to 7 per cent fare increase at present circumstances.
However, the Association said that it would not demand the increase if the Ministry made the prepaid cards compulsory.
“If the Private Bus Services Ministry agrees to make prepaid cards compulsory, we will not go for a fare hike this year. Both, the bus owners and commuters can get the advantage of using pre paid cards,” LPBOA President Gemunu Wijeratne said.
“Commuters can pay the exact amount for their journey. Owners will not have to pay ransom and the government can save expenditure on minting coins,” he said. The bus fare is to be revised in July this year. (Lahiru Pothmulla & Sanath Desmond)
Comments - 8
Randy Thursday, 15 May 2014 09:49 AM
This is a very good suggestion. Commuters can pay the exact amount and need no arguments with conductors over balance not returned. And the machines for card readers should be made compulsory in all the buses. Conductors and drivers won't get a chance to cheat neither commuters nor owners.
Campos Thursday, 15 May 2014 09:50 AM
I don't care what you require for payment-- what I want is a bus service that is safe and comfortable: no speeding and overtaking to get to the next halt ahead of the others; no waiting for 5 - 10 minutes at intermediate halts; no bulath chewing drivers and conductors; employees clean and presentably dressed; no sudden breaking that knocks people to the floor....Is all of that too much to ask?
Lalith P. Friday, 16 May 2014 04:42 PM
The bottom line is no incentives are given to Private bus operaters while Govt.stooges dictate terms to them. Govt.corruption has infiltrated to Private Bus operators and this should be stopped. How CTB loosing 10 Billion rupees while all incentives given and with no root permits been charged been should be addressed first.
Lalith Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:01 AM
This is a very good idea...... authorities must implement this system.
perera Friday, 16 May 2014 06:07 AM
money grabbing lecherous cretins at work again. all buses should be nationalised and a good public bus service provided with intelligent people running it not politically influenced idiots doing it.
Passenger Friday, 16 May 2014 06:15 AM
Good Idea.. But once Implemented the Bus Conductor will come out with excuses.. If the Machine Does not work Gamuni Should Allow Free Travel to the Passenger.
Over to The Minister to Pass Resolution via the Parliament, and Gazette it.
This works very well in Singapore.. Even In Few African Countries.
Saman Thursday, 15 May 2014 11:20 AM
Government should improve better Train service and improve Private bus operation. Last year CTB lost 10 Billion rupees. Too much tax payer money and resources been wasted.
Spitfire Thursday, 15 May 2014 11:43 AM
I am sorry to say that I don't like Mr Gemunu Wijeratne but since of recent he talks absolute sense. Practically every thing he said in thus video is factual. But I don't think we the public or the bus owners will get any sense out of the rulers!
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