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Private bus owners will launch an island wide strike protesting against the government’s decision to impose a minimum penalty of Rs. 2,500 for traffic offences, which was proposed in the 2017 budget.  

Chairman of the Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) Chairman Gemunu Wijeratne today said the Union had not changed it stance on the matter. The move will lock horns with the government, which has made it clear that its decision will not be changed.

Wijeratne also said the Union had scheduled a meeting with Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake this evening. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

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  • Harry Tuesday, 15 November 2016 05:30 AM

    Yes! nationalize the public transport system as in other developed countries! Do not allow these monsters to thrive !

    Henry Tuesday, 15 November 2016 05:33 AM

    They do, but just on the opposite side!

    Harry Tuesday, 15 November 2016 05:34 AM

    Yes, but there are three wheeler drivers running state institutes!

    dinna Monday, 14 November 2016 05:06 PM

    should cancel the permits if they do. they cannot endanger peoples lives and hold them to ransom too. via DM iOS App

    Bala Monday, 14 November 2016 05:11 PM

    Ravi please stick to it for sake of all those 3000 odd who die annually. The country is behind you. Otherwise Prisoners in Death Row Association will ask for one year imprisonnment instead for murder. This is a Bond issue - Licence to kill.

    Hiran Monday, 14 November 2016 06:00 PM

    Let them go ahead. They cant keep up the strike for too long as they will suffer financially.

    kato Monday, 14 November 2016 06:03 PM

    seriously they should fine Rs10000 for any bus or passenger carriers for putting passengerspedestrians & others in danger let them strike yes public will find it hard but long run same people will benefit with the decent driving to a certain extend via DM Android App

    mohan Monday, 14 November 2016 06:06 PM

    Double the fine for heavy vehicle drivers who are repeat offender.

    SL Monday, 14 November 2016 06:14 PM

    Many accidents are due slow moving traffic in roads SL Roads . It takes more than 5hrs to reach Kandy from Colombo(25km/hr for 5hrs ) , take 8 odd hrs to reach ampara if you drive in peak hours. Gvt should address these issues rather than trying to pick pocket money from drivers to match the budget deficit

    BV Monday, 14 November 2016 06:20 PM

    GAMUNU A MEMBER OF THE MOVEMENT FOR A RIGHTEOUS SOCIETY IS USING BUS TERRORISM IN ORDER TO SAFEGUARD HIS DRIVER MURDERERS. via DM Android App

    Ahamed Monday, 14 November 2016 06:27 PM

    Ravi don't give in to private bus demand pls stick to it. We behind you. Teach th a good lesson.

    Yeti Monday, 14 November 2016 06:30 PM

    And the maximum offences are carried out by Gemunu and his buses!!!

    Dhar L.P Monday, 14 November 2016 06:31 PM

    Abide by law foolish LPBOA.Then you need not to pay a single cent.

    Zam Monday, 14 November 2016 06:43 PM

    This county will never grow if you go back Ravi ........ please stick to this it's good for the country

    empulze Monday, 14 November 2016 07:11 PM

    The roads would be much more discplined if the minimum levy is increased to Rs.2500- via DM Android App

    Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 14 November 2016 07:13 PM

    Don't think this proposal of Ravi and the clan is about thinking of innocent people who die through rash driving. No it is about another way of increasing the coffer. They are out of control and trying various ways of "taxing". Improve the quality of CTB

    Dinesh Monday, 14 November 2016 07:13 PM

    Lets see whether Ravi or Ranil has a backbone.....

    Arnold Monday, 14 November 2016 07:14 PM

    They should introduce a/c buses in cities. IF there was a decent public transport the number of cars and Tuks will reduce.

    DN Monday, 14 November 2016 07:15 PM

    Don't let bus drivers to rule this country.

    firdhousr Tuesday, 15 November 2016 10:40 PM

    I recommend the penalty should include a forced training course in public transport especially for those who are in public transport. Private institution runners should come forward to design a syllabus and obtain the government approval. It is business and service. Let's go beyond Singapore in our own way.

    Iran Monday, 14 November 2016 07:45 PM

    This is the true colours of the creators of this government.


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