Lanka Private Bus Owners' Association (LPBOA) President Gemunu Wijeratne yesterday said he had requested the Finance Minister to include a clause to ban begging and selling goods inside buses and to add Rs.5,000 as fines when the Motor Traffic Act of 1951 is being amended to add seven traffic offences.
He said he had requested Minister Ravi Karunanayake to implement the rules to ban begging and doing businesses inside the buses, which causes inconveniences to the commuters.
“Many complaints had been received about harassment caused by beggars and sellers. Drug addicts collect their daily collection and some book sellers sell their books while pick pocketing the passengers,” he said.
Since the Act had been implemented for 66 years, there had been no specific fine defined. Therefore, a request had been made to the Minister to charge a fine of minimum Rs.5,000 for begging and selling goods inside buses, he said.
Mr. Wijeratne said during the past government he had sent a letter to Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who was the then Secretary of Defence requesting assistance to ban begging and selling goods inside buses but to no avail. (Chaturanga Pradeep)
brito Tuesday, 24 January 2017 11:21 AM
good move.talking sense now via DM Android App
Rondy Tuesday, 24 January 2017 11:41 AM
Good move if this happens effectively unlike before.I have seen some have displayed banning these activities
Dulaj Tuesday, 24 January 2017 12:35 PM
beggars will end up in prisons being unable to pay fines.
Veda mama Tuesday, 24 January 2017 12:49 PM
How about requesting a Rupees FIFTY THOUSAND fine for over speeding and driving recklessly on the road?
shanthapriya Tuesday, 24 January 2017 12:52 PM
This man think that the private bus is the most sacred place in the world.
shnathapriya Tuesday, 24 January 2017 12:55 PM
what is the fine for not issuing tickets in buses.first implement it. Not even 10 % buses are issuing tickets to commuters at present
shanthapriya Tuesday, 24 January 2017 01:00 PM
beggars never harass commuters they are very loyal but conductors and drivers always harass people.they behave like beggars
Redna Tuesday, 24 January 2017 02:30 PM
Also propose a fine of Rs. 10,000/- for those buses playing music at a high volume as this is more a nuisance than the one caused by the begging man, and is also detrimental to our ears.
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