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The All Ceylon Private Bus Workers Association (ACPBWA) today said there will be no change to their decision on launching the strike action from midnight against new fines imposed for violating road rules.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, ACPBWA Convener U.K Kumararathna Renuka said they would not take any step back without holding the strike tonight.

"The sudden increase of new traffic fines was not reasonable as our daily salary is Rs.1,500 and the spot fine is Rs.3,000. If we are fined exorbitant charges," he said.

"We would not be able to look after our families," Mr Renuka said.

The association urged the government not to implement the spot fines until the relevant technical equipment was fixed to the road network Mr Renuka also said.

“We request all the persons who possess a driving license to join with us against new fines imposed for violating road rules,” he said.

The private drivers of bowser, container and three-wheeler drivers of Colombo would join the protest he said. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • Aku Wednesday, 15 August 2018 11:04 PM

    The fines are FAIR!!! Look at the way they drive?? With total disregard for the Law or it's passengers!!!

    George Wednesday, 15 August 2018 11:08 PM

    Go ahead guys and lets see who goes hungry!

    Sonali Wednesday, 15 August 2018 11:16 PM

    I have nothing but contempt for the ACPBWA Convener. I hope the govt will not be taken to ransom by this piece of scum. He has the gall to ask the rest of us to join him. As much as I don't want to say this I hope the white van will play a role in this case.

    DN Wednesday, 15 August 2018 11:51 PM

    I have a vehicle licence and not support your request. It is compulsory to have strict rules

    Namal Perera Thursday, 16 August 2018 12:03 AM

    If the Government is unable to provide the basic essentials of life uninterrupted to the Citizens of the Country, should step down.

    Wise Donkey Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:40 AM

    When do the doctors start their next episode?

    Warra Thursday, 16 August 2018 03:12 AM

    So let me get this right! Your saying its ok to break the law, and pay Rs 1500 because you can afford it? Do you understand the theory behind increasing the fine? It to reduce the amount of risk you put in commuters. Uneducated people these are. I hope the gov has a back bone and dont reduce the fine. And yes stage a protest but cancel their bus licence. This country is full of selfish individuals and no wonder this country moves 5 steps forward and 10 steps backwards.

    Arnold Thursday, 16 August 2018 04:40 AM

    This is stupid. Everyone knows the private bus operators give a fixed monthly salary to the traffic officers along their route so that they can basically anything along the way.

    Stunned Citizen Thursday, 16 August 2018 05:09 AM

    IF the drivers follow and obey road rules and regulations then why fear fines?

    Sam Thursday, 16 August 2018 09:02 AM

    I drive and will not support you. Road safety is paramount. I would be happy to see rules such as driving licences be suspended for 2 or three offences in one calender year. Would help reduce car imports and traffic also.

    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 16 August 2018 10:08 AM

    From no country I have heard so far, that people are going on strike for to be free to breaking laws.Please Mr. President do not involve again in matters that is not your business.

    Idiot with common sense Thursday, 16 August 2018 10:36 AM

    Mr ACPBWA convener if youll dont break the rules there is no need to pay a fine please remember that

    Strike Force Thursday, 16 August 2018 11:15 AM

    Dont break the road rules, You dont get fined! Simple!

    Malli Thursday, 16 August 2018 11:20 AM

    This is only political requirement clearly.Mr President take them head on cancel permits and take over the buses to SLTB and run them with the assistance of the Army.

    Cobra Thursday, 16 August 2018 06:26 PM

    If they don't agree to the fines give them the death penalty!!!!


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