Private bus owners threaten strike if bus fares not raised

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Private bus owners today threatened to go on a countrywide strike if the government refused to accept their proposal to increase bus fares or failed to provide diesel subsidies for private buses.

Bus fares were increased on February 14 last year and the Transport and Private Transport Ministries assured that bus fares would be amended when they were next reviewed in February this year.

However the Sri Lanka Private Bus Owners Association which operates 16,000 out of 20,000 private buses in the country and controls a greater part of the public transport sector said the authorities had not provided a fuel subsidy as requested or its request to increase bus fares. (Olindhi Jayasundere)
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  • Hk Tuesday, 05 February 2013 07:13 PM

    Better we bring down more lambirgini and Ferrari rather than diesel subsidies

    Pink Panther Tuesday, 05 February 2013 08:14 PM

    Yes Sir, it is time for an increase. Buses do not run only one fuel and water. The crew need food and water. These keep going up.

    Silas Wednesday, 06 February 2013 04:30 AM

    oh they do meet the 'standards' set by this government very well!

    Abdul Tuesday, 05 February 2013 09:22 PM

    ask them to improve the stranded of private buses before they increase bus fares. most private buses in sri lanka dont meet the standards set by the government.

    Kera Wednesday, 06 February 2013 09:56 AM

    Welgama, CB duo messing with the public transport in style ...
    Wonder of Asia ????

    Rowdy Rathana Wednesday, 06 February 2013 10:01 AM

    Yes please do it. If gota can drive he should drive an old Tata to Ohiya (world's end).

    Lobo Wednesday, 06 February 2013 12:52 AM

    Since most of these buses are owned by politicians, etc. the govt will give in to them. By doing so they fill their own pockets.

    Nodrog Wednesday, 06 February 2013 12:53 AM

    Confiscate these buses and get the Army to drive them. Its time they learnt they cannot hold the public to ransom.

    jilbert winestein Wednesday, 06 February 2013 01:32 AM

    yeah,there are excess in army and navy..they can drive buses,therel be punctuality and full dicipline..private bus owners always need a raise and most of owners.

    before increase the fair increase the poor government servant s salary Tuesday, 05 February 2013 12:00 AM

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    Mr Retort Wednesday, 06 February 2013 07:57 AM

    Wait Pet Minister would do wonders with PSC and reduce the fuel

    Tharaka Chanaka Tuesday, 05 February 2013 06:28 PM

    why can CTB stand up on its feet?... The only time we see red CTB buses is when transporting ballot boxes during elections.


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