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The National Transport Commission (NTC) said today it had taken action against 218 inter-provincial semi-luxury buses that were found to have carried passengers over and above the number of seats in the buses in violation of the route permit conditions.

The detection was made by the NTC mobile investigation team between January 1 and August 20 this year.

The NTC said 31 luxury buses were also found to have engaged in similar offences.

It said bus operators who violate route permit conditions have been penalised while steps had been taken to interdict the drivers and conductors for a specified period of time if they were found to have committed this kind of offence on more than on three occasions.(Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 15

  • Gayan Thursday, 28 August 2014 08:09 AM

    But since this was the first time they checked, nobody got fined. Meanwhile buses scare the #$% out of other road users on a daily basis, block the road even to pick up one passenger no matter where, and use their horn as if it was the most important button of the entire bus!

    Just Another Citizen Thursday, 28 August 2014 08:10 AM

    What about the normal buses?

    smiley Thursday, 28 August 2014 02:16 PM

    Overloading of passenger to any buses basically any vehicle should be restricted by law and penalised. via DM Android App

    citizen Thursday, 28 August 2014 08:54 AM

    if this was done without any hidden agenda, its a great job by NTC. Well-done.

    Don Don Thursday, 28 August 2014 09:23 AM

    Good work. Please check for loud speakers and sound blasts inside the bus.

    La vérité en fin Thursday, 28 August 2014 09:24 AM

    Nothing NOT ONE THING is going to change with the buses until the users get a backbone and demand that the authorities carry out what they are supposed to do; but the Sri Lankan psyche is not prone to abiding by rules until forced and beaten to do it.

    mount Thursday, 28 August 2014 02:58 PM

    What about railways

    to smiley Thursday, 28 August 2014 04:46 PM

    are you ok with a bus fare hike via DM Android App

    George Thursday, 28 August 2014 02:08 PM

    It is good see some form of action being considered but, while interdicting drivers and conductors why not impose a hefty fine to go with it too. The fine should be multiples of excess passengers on board. This will force owners to get the message through to their employees otherwise this will continue unabated.

    La vérité en fin Thursday, 28 August 2014 03:17 PM

    As I said previously and you chose not to publish it here, until the average Sri Lankan bus rider and the authorities get some backbone, all of this is nothing but hot air. I had backbone today: I was the last passenger on 119 from Dehiwala to Maharagama and waited to get off the bus at its final halt; but since I was the last passenger, the conductor gave me hell for not alighting in the middle of the bus station in Maharagama. Well, I gave him hell and told him to do the physically impossible.

    Ranger thomas Friday, 29 August 2014 02:40 AM

    Take action against the over loaded passengers, not the bus crew.

    Katie Friday, 29 August 2014 03:40 AM

    [quote name="Just Another Citizen"]What about the normal buses?[/quote]

    Yes what about the normal buses? They pack people too over and above the capacity that there is no room to move a foot??
    Do something about the normal buses too

    Country Man Friday, 29 August 2014 03:46 AM

    Check for 177(Kaduwela - Kollupitiya) route luxury buses. They carry passengers twice the number of seats.

    Lana Friday, 29 August 2014 05:01 AM

    Sri Lankan transport system both government and public is a disgrace. Must fine these bastards.

    SL Citizen Saturday, 30 August 2014 08:58 AM

    No luxury for poor people...

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