Private bus owners to launch one-day strike

7 April 2013 11:51 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA) yesterday announced that they would launch a one-day bus strike some time between April 20 - 30 if the authorities failed to increase the bus fares as requested by the bus owners.

Addressing a press conference in Colombo yesterday the LPBOA President Gemunu Wijeratne said they would not hold a protest during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year period and create problems to the public.

“Private Transport Services Minister C.B. Ratnayake has failed to do anything positive for the public since he was appointed Minister. Instead of protecting his Ministry or the transportation system in Sri Lanka, this Minister has been working towards destroying it,” Wijeratne said.

 He also said the Association could not go ahead with changing the colour of private buses as private bus owners in Sri Lanka could not afford to make that change;  re-painting a bus would cost about Rs. 150,000 while also putting that bus out of business for about five days.

Wijeratne also said, “We ask the government to reduce the fee for route permits increased most unfairly in the Western province and to reduce the number of CTB buses plying in the Southern province.”

  Comments - 9

  • ramesi Monday, 08 April 2013 04:25 AM

    REDUCE THE PRIVATE BUS SO THAT BUS MAFIA.S CAN MAKE PEOPLE SUFFER AND BE AT THEIR WIMS
    THATS THE GOVT OF MARA WAMTED

    Rata Haraka Monday, 08 April 2013 07:41 AM

    Looks like Gemunu Aiya is painting a different picture to the real scenario.

    SAM_SPARROW Monday, 08 April 2013 04:32 AM

    Re-painting a bus would cost about Rs. 150,000? How about using the 1 and 2 rupee balances that you people never return to public? Use it for painting.

    Adell Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:57 AM

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    Snif Snif Monday, 08 April 2013 03:19 AM

    Reduce the number of CTB buses plying in the Southern province? How is that supposed to 'help' your 'concern' for the public?

    abcdS Monday, 08 April 2013 06:23 AM

    ASK THEM TO GO ON STRIKE FOR A WEEK THERE WILL BE A BETTER BUS SERVICE IN THIS COUNTRY....
    defense SEC WILL ARRANGE THE FORCES TO do a valuable service than the private bus killers.....
    COME ON PRIVATE BUS ASSOCIATION TAKE THE CHALLENGE..

    weere Monday, 08 April 2013 06:41 AM

    PRIVATE BUSES SHOULD BE NATIONALISED

    True_Patriot Monday, 08 April 2013 03:52 AM

    Does this even qualify as news these days?

    Janaki Kalansuriya Monday, 08 April 2013 09:58 AM

    Yet another "puswedilla" by Wijeratne. No one takes you seriously.


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