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The Private Bus Operators' Association confirmed today that they will be taking legal action against the Transport Ministry’s decision to not raise bus fares.
Two weeks ago the association demanded for a two percent increase in fares from the ministry. “We are requesting for an increase in bus fares because the ministry has not provided adequate timetables for the bus routes. This has increased the vehicle congestion on the roads and as a result fuel consumption is also high. Therefore the increment is very much needed,” the association’s President, Gemunu Wijeyratne said today.

Transport Minister Kumara Welgama told the Daily Mirror recently that bus fares will not be increased under any conditions. “Despite whatever measures that the private bus owners want to make, CTB bus fare rates will remain the same,” he said. (OJ)


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  • malkanthi Monday, 20 September 2010 04:50 AM

    This is sri lanka, no clear cut firm decisions!

    Tm Abay Monday, 20 September 2010 04:58 AM

    Everybody knows who's fault it is when it comes to the problems on the streets. I'm with the govt. on this

    OneLanka Monday, 20 September 2010 05:16 AM

    Can some one publish the actual operating cost of a bus, so that the public will know the truth behind this requirement.

    Ibnu Batuta Monday, 20 September 2010 06:03 AM

    Careful, Dr Merv is waiting with the rope.

    lover Monday, 20 September 2010 06:12 AM

    If Diesel goes up by 10 bus fare will go up by 2 or 3 is it fair ???? im also with Gov in this case...

    Ranjith Fonseka Monday, 20 September 2010 06:20 AM

    No price hike on diesel. Then why all these unreasonable
    demands to increase bus fares? Increased vehicle congest-
    ion on the roads is a lame excuse! Then what about the
    newly constructed roads by the State?

    Hash Monday, 20 September 2010 06:43 AM

    hope they wont climb on anything

    Labby Monday, 20 September 2010 07:06 AM

    Why do Private Bus Operators need an increase in fares? They dont pay for the maintenance of roads, they dont share the cost of maintaining bus stops, they dont pay for the traffic cop on duty. Do they even pay proper taxes on their hire earnings?

    BOOBAMBA Monday, 20 September 2010 07:15 AM

    Well said Labby

    Wasantha Monday, 20 September 2010 07:17 AM

    It seems that no need to have a government as courts can do better.

    Mahinda Monday, 20 September 2010 07:18 AM

    don't play with new minister ( K. Welgama).

    willows Monday, 20 September 2010 07:30 AM

    Dear Minister, please get rid of the private buses, we are with you even we have to suffer, bring in more and more CTB buses we will travel only in CTB buses, the staff still is the decent people.

    HH Monday, 20 September 2010 09:23 AM

    I actually think the PBO have a point. Especially in cities..there seem to be too many busses on the same routes.
    A better solution would be to limit the number of busses plying some routes which may increase the profitability for buses -which i guess what the time table is for.

    Nihal Tuesday, 21 September 2010 04:39 AM

    The govt MUST step in and take over the Public transport system. Almost every other nation has a transport system run by the state. Tell these Pvt bus hoodlums to get lost. They are a menace and a cancer in our society.


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