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Satellite technology has been utilized to detect and control misdeeds committed by private bus drivers, the National Transport Commission (NTC) said.

The Government Information Department in a statement has quoted NTC Director Chandrasiri Weerasekara as saying that Global Positioning System (GPS) has already been used to detect buses that run at high speed and at unacceptable low speed, ignoring stipulated bus stops and unnecessarily stopping of buses at bus stops for long.

The movement of buses would be monitored by GPS technology to ascertain whether the buses run according to time tables and whether they follow the stipulated speed limits, the statement said, and added that movements of buses would be displayed on digital screens placed at monitoring centres.

The errant drivers would be instantly advised to follow rules over the satellite phones placed in the buses, according to the NTC.

Seventy buses plying between Colombo and several towns down south are already under the supervision of the new system and all long-distance bus services would be covered by the system by next year, the statement said.  (Daily Mirror)

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  • anemagekata Sunday, 06 March 2011 02:41 PM

    This should be done immediately. Most of the time private bus drivers create havoc on the road and get away clean bribing the police.

    wellwisher Sunday, 06 March 2011 02:44 PM

    First correct the other matters!!!!Hope everything will go smoothly

    Hiru Sunday, 06 March 2011 02:47 PM

    Yeayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    Interlocutor Monday, 07 March 2011 07:25 AM

    And good silencers!

    wathsala Monday, 07 March 2011 07:23 AM

    Name few of those other matters that will fix this issue?

    G0087 Sunday, 06 March 2011 03:09 PM

    A very good move!!

    daham Sunday, 06 March 2011 03:40 PM

    What other matters? Most of the private bus drivers are a curse to the society.

    marjan Sunday, 06 March 2011 03:35 PM

    wow . if this is implemented all the employees will be saving time

    Konde bendapu china Sunday, 06 March 2011 03:50 PM

    No body can control our Great Private Bus divers Loketama Ekai

    j Sunday, 06 March 2011 04:10 PM

    like many contries, apply to all vehicals

    Interlocutor Sunday, 06 March 2011 04:17 PM

    How about having responsible human beings monitoring the buses? GPS monitoring? This has to be the most harebrained idea I have ever heard of for the bus problem!!!!!!!!

    TMA Monday, 07 March 2011 09:19 AM

    Good move. Let's C if this wrks

    mr.P Monday, 07 March 2011 10:09 AM

    When the will detect route no 155? They take a nap in several places in between. Don't know that route is run by a minister?

    xlntgson Monday, 07 March 2011 10:20 AM

    If the ticketing machine is connected by an antenna to the main monitoring computer good; the timer is also faulty it seems or they damage the timer!

    arj Monday, 07 March 2011 10:24 AM

    What the hell can saterlite do when policemen standing every ten yards along the road cannot do any thing to avert the mockery????

    James Monday, 07 March 2011 10:41 AM

    An admirable initiative..
    Good luck.

    hiru Monday, 07 March 2011 12:22 PM

    satellite aashcharya!

    Abdul Razeen Monday, 07 March 2011 03:12 AM

    'humans monitoring the buses' is how we were doing it so far, and it hasn't worked.

    Cobra Monday, 07 March 2011 03:30 AM

    You do not need all that technology for this, just ask any road user and he will recite to you a whole book about the misdeeds of private buses!

    robinson Tuesday, 08 March 2011 04:41 AM

    Great,,, very good move by the Government.

    ravi Monday, 07 March 2011 03:45 AM

    will this also be like that camera system......

    ajith Monday, 07 March 2011 03:50 AM

    Excel ant move.
    but the problem is they will never be implemented.
    For the time been can you at least enforce them and the three wheelers to drive on the left lane please.

    ajith Monday, 07 March 2011 03:51 AM

    Reduce the horse power of their engines.

    lakmal Monday, 07 March 2011 03:56 AM

    Ok let me guess. Now private bus owners have to buy GPS units from the same company that imports ticketing machines and threewheeler meters.

    hemjey Monday, 07 March 2011 04:04 AM

    I think that this is the best suggestion. Limiting the HP as per number of seats, will control the speed as well as overloading.

    Interlocutor Monday, 07 March 2011 04:18 AM

    The operative word was "responsible."

    Calm Monday, 07 March 2011 04:32 AM

    Cannot we use this same Satellite technology to monitor the misdeeds of the politicians, as well as the behind the screen activities of the government!!

    Tharanga Samarasekar Monday, 07 March 2011 04:31 AM

    Cost ?

    Nafar Monday, 07 March 2011 04:45 AM

    at first they should monitoring previously implemented ruls.

    AShy Monday, 07 March 2011 04:56 AM

    monitor first in government ministers houses

    Wara Monday, 07 March 2011 05:09 AM

    Why ? Has they stop monitoring ??

    Wara Monday, 07 March 2011 05:10 AM

    or import 2 gear buses. Most of them need 2 gears !

    RJ Monday, 07 March 2011 05:18 AM

    probably you dont know how simple GPS technology is and that it is far less costlier and effective then people.

    citizen1 Monday, 07 March 2011 06:01 AM

    Another expense which will likely be forgotten as well.

    Roshan Monday, 07 March 2011 06:11 AM

    Why only private Buses? They should monitor all the vehicles.


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