All Ceylon Private Bus Association (ACPBA) and the Private Bus Workers’ Association (ACPBWA) today warned that they would launch a country-wide indefinite strike from September 24 midnight, demanding a hike in fares and due to the revision of recent traffic fines.
ACPBA Secretary Anjana Priyanjith told the Daily Mirror that took the decision following a discussion with all the private bus associations at Narahenpita today.
He said that at the discussion all associations agreed to have an immediate bus fare hike following the increase in the diesel price.
The price of diesel had increased by 12.84 per cent.
“This increase is three times higher than the percentage of fuel price increment of four per cent according to the National bus fare increment policy,” Mr Priyanjith said.
He said they didn’t expect the Transport Minister to increase the fares.
“If he tried to do so, the minimum bus fare should be Rs. 15 which is now at Rs.12. All bus fares should be increased by ten per cent,” he said.
“Next week they (Government) will increase the bus fare according to a formula of their own,” Mr Priyanjith added.
According to the National Policy on Bus Fare Increment - fares will continue to be regulated by the National Transport Commission as per Bus Fares Policy of the Government.
Meanwhile, the Inter-Provincial Private Bus Association (IPPBA) President Sarath Vijitha Kumara said they would not join the strike.
He said the Ministry had requested the IPPBA for a discussion Wednesday morning. “There we going to request the bus fare hike or the fuel concession Minister.
"We can’t decide on joining the strike without a clear decision from the Ministry and our decision would be taken after Wednesday," Kumara said. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)
Gaman Maga Monday, 17 September 2018 12:57
All these strikers need a Premadasa government! I admire the courage and most decisions that gentleman had to do with! Unlike the bunch now who has balls in other place!!!Work or get-out!
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Well Said Monday, 17 September 2018 13:56
I agree with you. Our fellows cannot understand the DEMOCRACY
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Mr X Monday, 17 September 2018 13:01
This is not using the freedom of expression, this is abusing it. At the rate of strikes the country is facing we'll soon be able to offer striking as a service to the international market.
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Unchikun Monday, 17 September 2018 13:24
Shows the vulnerability of the “so call equation” which is not public and mysterious. If so, people is all walks of life will demand an equation. FM, come clean and reveal the variables and the constants in you equation. As for constants, we know, they are tax free luxury car for MPs, ministers and some government officials, unproductive overseas travel, luxury toilets, luxury chairs etc. Now tell us the variables!!!
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Ajja93 Monday, 17 September 2018 13:35
We need a 'GOVERN-ment' not mere bunch of ministers just talk and pass the ball. All of you will see the results in next election as people will elect a 'tuff' guy, even though they do not like him
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ANTON Monday, 17 September 2018 13:38
THESE DAYS , EVEN COCONUT SELLERS ARE SELLING COCONUTS BASED ON FORMULAS.
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Saman Monday, 17 September 2018 13:42
Let them do it. It won't affect much to the normal people. Because thanks to our prime minister most of the normal people now use cars.
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mnsmart Monday, 17 September 2018 13:44
“The strike is also against new traffic fines,”? what allow them to misuse the public roads?
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ram Monday, 17 September 2018 13:46
if their demand 4 bus fair hike it is reasonable. gov need to increse all prices and want private service provider not to increase. other demand for traffice fine cannot be accecptable.
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