Bus fare hike if Govt. failed to meet demands: ACPBA

15 July 2018 10:12 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The All Ceylon Private Bus Association (ACPBA) said that it would go for a bus fare increase if the Government failed to look at their demands favourably.

Speaking to the media at a press briefing in Gampaha today ACPBA Secretary Anjana Priyanjith said that buses incurred losses due to the recent fuel price increase.

“Short distance buses incur a loss of Rs.750 daily and Rs. 22,500 monthly, while long-distance buses incur a loss of Rs.40,000 monthly,” he said.

“The Government should provide a loan at a concessionary rate of two per cent when buying new buses and should omit the tax imposed on tyres, tubes and spare parts,” he said.

He said that if the Government failed to fulfil their request, they would go for a bus fare hike unilaterally, going against the annual bus fare revision. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 7

  • Kariyawasam Sunday, 15 July 2018 10:28 PM

    If you cant provide the service at this price pls go home we are happy to useSLTB bussea.

    Manel Monday, 16 July 2018 01:47 AM

    How many times do these Shyloks want increases. Govt should strengthen CTB.

    Unchikun Monday, 16 July 2018 07:20 AM

    You mean, a lorry strike. The bus service in Sri Lanka is a disgrace Adding salt to the wound, the present government has done nothing in terms of public transport. It is time for the government to bring in a proper public transport system.

    Dee Monday, 16 July 2018 07:31 AM

    Busses make daily losses, but every year the owner adds another bus. And also a car or SUV for the family. Who is the economics adviser to the ACPBOA?

    ranmald Monday, 16 July 2018 08:00 AM

    The best solution is for the government to re-nationalise the bus service. The private bus owners demands are untenable, Have they ever reduced bus fares when the price of petrol/diesel was reduced?

    lkboy Monday, 16 July 2018 09:22 AM

    See what a mess this oil price formula has put the country in.

    Ramesh Monday, 16 July 2018 09:40 AM

    First ask your Drivers and conductors to treat passengers as human beings and also drivers to think of others who drive. Private buses are a mess on our roads

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