One week after bus fares were increased by 20 per cent private bus operators have decided to request a further increase in fares by another two per cent stating that the authorities had failed to calculate the bus fare formula accurately before introducing the revised bus fares.
Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA) President Gemunu Wijeyratne said the union whose membership includes more than 95 per cent of all private bus services in the country had written to the transport authorities requesting for a two per cent bus fare increase either in the immediate future or in July this year.
Last week private bus operators carried out a countrywide strike demanding the authorities to raise fares to keep up with increased fuel prices including diesel which rose by Rs.31 per litre. Although all stakeholders had agreed to raise fares by 20 per cent, Wijeyratne said the fares were not calculated according to the bus fare formula which involved the calculation of 12 variables including bus workers salaries, maintaining, leasing rates, price of tyres and other items.
“We are requesting a further bus fare hike based on the authorities failure to calculate the fares properly and the unexpected rise in the cost of living which requires another bus fare increase,” Wijeyratne said.
A letter requesting for a fare increase was sent out to Private Transport Services Ministry Secretary Victor Samaraweera and the Chief of the National Transport Commission. Last week private bus operators requested for diesel subsidies at Rs.76 to prevent losses but said they had not received a response. (Olindhi Jayasundere)
yes already they are charging 10. they do not give balance 1 rupeee
buag Tuesday, 21 February 2012 05:37 AM
its time to get onto the streets against un-justice...
iqkandy Tuesday, 21 February 2012 12:25 PM
This the lack of a backbone of the govenment!!!
kondebendapucheena Tuesday, 21 February 2012 05:58 AM
Blood suckers of people
China Pataus Tuesday, 21 February 2012 06:10 AM
Hey Hey what about the patriotic government?
T. Ruth Tuesday, 21 February 2012 06:24 AM
Mr. G W How about giving a decent journey in the private buses without overcrowding and crawling.
It is high time the SLTB is strengthened and introduced in all routes (not only in the loss making routes)
Still there are some routes where you do not find an single SLTB bus.
Dee Tuesday, 21 February 2012 06:36 AM
This will not happen if there is a corruption free state bus service with decent facilities.
lankaman Tuesday, 21 February 2012 06:36 AM
soon hiring a 3-wheeler will become cheaper than buying a bus ticket. wonder of asia
Gayan Samarasekara Tuesday, 21 February 2012 07:23 AM
Private bus service is the only private business wing that should immediately confiscate. Failing that, Sri Lanka government will never ever improve the quality of transportation.. However, the trains must be privatized and monitored closely.
Dismanirie Tuesday, 21 February 2012 07:39 AM
Private bus fleets would use one third less fuel if their drivers were properly trained and taught that the accelerator has positions other than horizontal.
Gishan Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:14 AM
CTB doesn't have the back bone to resist this kind of a demand. on 13th I was in the Kandy bus stand from 3.45 a.m and till 4.30 a.m only 2 buses took off. managed to get in and when it reached M'nella as always it came up with a engine trouble...any how managed to fix it came to Colombo after 4.30 hrs of journey...what a life
Kolomba Kaka Tuesday, 21 February 2012 01:23 AM
SO THE PUBLIC HAVE TO PAY FOR EACH AND EVERY INCREASE? SURELY, THERE MUST BE A LIMIT FOR EVERYTHING.
Janaka Tuesday, 21 February 2012 01:13 AM
These private bus owners are the blood suckers of the nation. Go to hell Gamunu
Esala Tuesday, 21 February 2012 01:19 AM
Very good system of bus operators. Diesel subsidies, Bus fair increase and ask again to formula increase. If cannot operate stop no need to worry too much with strike. Govt must arrange CTB properly. People not going to pay their leasing, workers salary and over 100% profit.
M R N Tuesday, 21 February 2012 02:07 AM
Hon Minister - PLEASE...increase the fleet of Government buses, so the commuters can travel at least with DIGNITY!!!!!
Don't ever think of heeding to these private bus fellow who completely lacks basic ethics.
China Pataus Tuesday, 21 February 2012 02:15 AM
I did feel there is something a miss. Better make the minimum fare Rs.10 and then in steps of Rs.5. As we know soon Rs.5 will not carry any value.
perera Tuesday, 21 February 2012 02:38 AM
the greedy leeches are at it again.
Cabral Tuesday, 21 February 2012 03:11 AM
Mahesh Tuesday, 21 February 2012 03:27 AM
You already charge minimum bus fair 10/-. No bus businessman gives back the 1/-.
kolla Tuesday, 21 February 2012 03:19 AM
Ok great they are the only people who face "unexpected rise of cost of living". Lets everybody stop all the work and be a private bus owners.
jay Tuesday, 21 February 2012 03:49 AM
These people are like vultures
Soothara Tuesday, 21 February 2012 04:09 AM
Ask Gemnu to bear the 2 % since he is addmitting there was and Error.
Just Like Z Score Soothra.........................and Bandula.
May i ask what is the Soothra for People Living Standards.... and Cost Of Living ( for Ordinary People - Business People, Politicians - VIP's - Diplomants and VVV IP and not forgetting the Marifia )
Chandra Tuesday, 21 February 2012 04:26 AM
They need even last will from the passengers without being providing minimum facilities to them????
Nodrog Tuesday, 21 February 2012 04:24 AM
Thought they were not going to ask for any more increase for the rest of the year?
Nodrog Tuesday, 21 February 2012 04:25 AM
thought they were not going to ask for any more increases for the rest of the year?
willows Tuesday, 21 February 2012 05:27 AM
best solution is to get more buses to CTB and teach a good lesson for these vultures? Hon. Minister please please bring in more buses, even we are to starve for a month.
lal Tuesday, 21 February 2012 11:42 AM
if you are loosing money in this trade, take out your buses and stay home.
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