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Countrywide strike if minimum penalty not removed: LPBOA

11 November 2016 04:53 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) Chairman Gemunu Wijeratne today warned that they would launch a countrywide strike by private bus operators if the government failed to remove the minimum penalty of Rs.2,500 for traffic offences as proposed in the 2017 Budget.

“We met Finance Minister Ravi Karunayake on about four occasions to discuss our proposals, but he never told us about increasing the minimum penalty discussions regarding our proposals, but he didn’t mention about increasing the minimum penalty on traffic offenses,” he said.

Mr. Wijeratne said the Budget provides little or no support for the bus services in the country.

“The government has reduced the prices of vehicles with an engine capacity of less than 1000cc to encourage vehicle importers and sellers. But there is no benefit to bus services,” he said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

  Comments - 8

  • hitapangmachan Friday, 11 November 2016 07:00 PM

    privet bus running in the road is a offense y dont u tell to obey the road discipline to ur bus drivers via DM iOS App

    sphkl Friday, 11 November 2016 07:18 PM

    U guys should be Rs 5000 minimum coz u break the law evey second ..

    Ajith Friday, 11 November 2016 07:28 PM

    Bus drivers are the worst traffic offenders after the three wheelers. Get your drivers to follow the law. Then no problems for anyone. Not only them, others also have to use the roads.

    SamJ Friday, 11 November 2016 07:45 PM

    If the Government gives into this freak Gemunu Wijeratnes demand then it is confimed that there is no leader or a Government. via DM Android App

    Commuter Saturday, 12 November 2016 08:55 AM

    Taking the law into his own hands via DM Android App

    Sloppy tongue Saturday, 12 November 2016 10:14 AM

    Ravi K - Please stick to what is imposed and do not reduce the fine. If they LPBOA continue the strike, please increase the penalty further on buses.

    Ranjitdea Saturday, 12 November 2016 02:02 PM

    Gemunu W, tell your drivers not to break the law, then there is no fine.

    Ajja Sunday, 13 November 2016 10:14 AM

    It is simply the CTB and private bus drivers careless driving and loud horn sounds make pedestrians and other drivers make mistakes.so fine them as much as possible.

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