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The Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association today threatened to launch a countrywide strike from midnight tomorrow (14), if the government did not grant the fuel subsidy in the aftermath of the recent fuel hike.

Addressing the media, the association’s President Gemunu Wijeratne said the unanimous decision to launch such an action was taken after a meeting.

“Due to the recent fuel price hike the association is incurring a loss running into several million rupees. We are resorting to this action because we cannot bear the brunt anymore,” he said adding that the authorities had failed to give a subsidy despite several requests.
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  • Lankan Monday, 14 November 2011 12:52 AM

    Good news ! Less traffic accidents

    kuma Monday, 14 November 2011 02:43 PM

    Why increased the cost of oil now listen to them.

    GSK Monday, 14 November 2011 01:36 AM

    this is not under performing / underutilized??? please take over all the privet buses, they demand fair hike very often (very often fuel increase) so less hassle to the Government... please take over ASAP !!

    Nodrog Monday, 14 November 2011 01:42 AM

    maybe if the bus owners didn't have to pay the for the association's upkeep they would not be losing 'millions'.

    Big Ears Monday, 14 November 2011 03:26 AM

    Not to worry. minister will bring out SLTB buses and the problem will be solved.

    Mahesh Monday, 14 November 2011 03:33 AM

    Private buses is a good profitable business. They're not paying taxes on their profits either. Only the mudalali knows how much profits they make.
    All buses should be put under a single company and a single card system should be used. This way profit will be divided between the investors (now bus owners) and we'll know how much profit they make. Now what we have is each person running his own business race.

    kapila Monday, 14 November 2011 07:15 AM

    The best news I've heard in a long time. They should be shown that they cannot intimidate the government of Sri Lanka, the same way they harass and intimidate helpless passengers.

    Man B Sunday, 13 November 2011 01:32 PM

    people have to strike against this bus owners.

    Sadun Sunday, 13 November 2011 01:34 PM

    typica

    ChowChow Sunday, 13 November 2011 02:00 PM

    the way buses are overcrowded, its unbelievable to say losses are incurring to several millions.

    izmie Sunday, 13 November 2011 02:19 PM

    Go ahead the SLTB has the ablity to give a better service now.

    deepthroat Sunday, 13 November 2011 04:26 PM

    My friends, party while you can for soon you will become National Property.


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