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Transport Minister Kumara Welgama told Parliament today that laws would be brought to make it compulsory to paint private busses in blue, CTB busses in red and school busses in yellow.

He said it had been decided to have a specific colour for the private buses so that they could be identified easily. He said blue was chosen for the private busses as it was pleasing to the eye.

He said these new legislations would be presented to the House soon.

He added that the government had decided to give some concessions to the owners of less expensive vehicles. Therefore he said the levy charged for changing the body pf vehicle with an engine capacity below 1000 cc would be reduced from Rs 25,000 to Rs 500.  He said this would  help small and medium businessmen who use light vehicles like the Dimo Batta.

He said the laws pertaining to the purchase of vehicles at auction sales had also been eased.

He said such vehicles should be registered within six months under the new laws. These vehicles had to be registered within a month of purchase under the old law. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 29

  • Cobra Wednesday, 08 May 2013 12:41 PM

    ...and 3 wheelers?

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 09 May 2013 03:37 AM

    "CTBs are Red my love, Privates are Blue"

    Kiwi Thursday, 09 May 2013 01:17 AM

    Doesn't the minister have anything better to do??????

    ud Thursday, 09 May 2013 01:12 AM

    school buses should be green, blue red and green

    Road Runner Wednesday, 08 May 2013 11:57 PM

    First limit the people traveling in a bus. specially ac buses

    Road Runner Wednesday, 08 May 2013 11:52 PM

    motor cycles, push bikes.
    finally paint your legs also depending on where you are going, ie to parliament, school, work etc etc,,

    DeSelva Wednesday, 08 May 2013 10:49 PM

    this is what was missing to make this country Miracle of Asia

    Chaminda Wednesday, 08 May 2013 03:18 PM

    Is the Govt giving priority for this ?

    no other urgent things

    CriticRoshan Wednesday, 08 May 2013 02:04 PM

    One thing for sure... for bus owners... the coming color is no good. Dear Minister.. later don't change your mind and change color talks like the Chameleon.

    sinnan Wednesday, 08 May 2013 01:59 PM

    What is the percentage you are going to get from the paint makers?

    Farook Wednesday, 08 May 2013 01:55 PM

    Coming colours no good !!!

    Ramesh Wednesday, 08 May 2013 01:43 PM

    Make them mandatory to have doors and have them closed when they are running. Should be allowed to open the doors only at stops. Before the colors of buses, safety of the people is important...

    Hettiarachchi Wednesday, 08 May 2013 01:19 PM

    What we need is a bus service that runs in accordance with a time table without holding at halting places for unduly long periods.

    Karthic Wednesday, 08 May 2013 12:52 PM

    And this is practically impossible .. Asusualy our ministers talk

    Modaya Wednesday, 08 May 2013 12:48 PM

    When the government change colour change this have been happening all the time.

    mail_guy Wednesday, 08 May 2013 10:59 AM

    It is a good negotiation, I will let you increase the fair, if you change the color. Who is going to pay for that? Public

    unchikun Wednesday, 08 May 2013 12:28 PM

    The color blind minister. Does color matter for a better service.

    Engineer Wednesday, 08 May 2013 12:24 PM

    It is good move, we appriciate you. This should have been done many years back. At least now. thanks for you sir.

    zavahir Wednesday, 08 May 2013 12:05 PM

    If change the colour problem will solve. First find which colour
    more conveniences to eyes then implement. Come to scientific world.

    S.J.R. Wednesday, 08 May 2013 12:02 PM

    good idea. Please check the condition of buses also.

    shanthapriyiya Wednesday, 08 May 2013 11:37 AM


    Game Kolla Wednesday, 08 May 2013 11:20 AM

    Not only change the colour of buses.... please change the behavior and attitude of drivers and conductors....still they do not issue tickets to passengers, most of them do not wear uniform.

    nawa Wednesday, 08 May 2013 11:13 AM

    A good move for easy identification but the issue is the reluctance of our ppl for a change.

    El bobo Wednesday, 08 May 2013 11:14 AM

    There is nothing wrong with painting the buses, but will it be like the law that banned tinted windscreens and side windows? And more importantly, what about buses that speed, blast their horns, and overtake when they should wait a little? And again, what about the uniforms? And the GPS tracking systems? Putting laws on the books is one thing, people observing them is another.

    P.D.Vidanage Wednesday, 08 May 2013 11:13 AM

    School Van ?

    Rubert Vanderkoon Wednesday, 08 May 2013 11:09 AM

    Red paint makers will not be happy, there're not many CTB busses left to be painted.

    Minister Wednesday, 08 May 2013 11:07 AM

    Yes, At least there must be some discipline to be seen on the roads. Good proposal. We support you Minister.

    nalaka Wednesday, 08 May 2013 11:06 AM

    i will start a paint shop for vehicles today
    it will be good business

    janak Wednesday, 08 May 2013 11:06 AM


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