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A countrywide private bus strike will be launch form December 14 midnight over several demands including that of the removal of Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, All Ceylon Private Bus Association (ACPBA) Secretary Anjana Priyanjith said today.

At a joint media conference attended by the Inter Provincial Bus Owners Association, Southern Provincial Bus Owners Association and the ACPBA, Mr. Priyanjith said the private bus operators would give a seven-day grace period for the minister to discuss this matter with the ACPBA and to provide a favorable reply.

“We expect some positive answers from the government within this period, if not we will hoist black flags on buses on the seventh day to educate the people about the minister’s failure to resolve our concerns,” he said. “If the Minister is unable to meet us, we will give another seven-day grace period before launching a countrywide token bus strike calling for the removal of the minister.”

Mr. Priyanjith said our demands include the removal of the new vehicle emission test fee of Rs.5000; the removal of new 2 per cent tax on the buses; a reduction on the price of diesel and reduce the tax of Rs.150 to Rs.100 on a seat in a vehicle registered under the motor coach.

“If the government fails to grant our demands we will impose a bus-fare hike in the near future we will have to protect our industry by collecting money from the commuters even reluctantly,” he added. “No one from the previous and the present government care about private buses, nothing had been mentioned about the industry even in the 2016 Budget,” Mr. Priyanjith said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

  Comments - 12

  • Concerned Tuesday, 01 December 2015 04:16 PM

    Nothing has been done to improve the private bus services. They are a law unto themselves.

    S.P.RAMKUMAR Tuesday, 01 December 2015 04:24 PM

    It is not acceptable, Minister Nimal Sripala de Silva is good personality.Private Bus union must comply with law, they never do.

    Lokka Tuesday, 01 December 2015 05:29 PM

    Good personality? Are you sure?

    Ranja Tuesday, 01 December 2015 05:37 PM

    PBOA has no right to ask removal of a minister. There are authorities to do that. what they must do is that put forward their problems

    Mason Tuesday, 01 December 2015 06:16 PM

    Remove him and let he be only a MP.

    Roman Tuesday, 01 December 2015 06:22 PM

    What action will be done to the buses wasting valuable time of the passengers, like 155 at town hall, 154 at Borella junction, DSS, Rupawahini etc????

    Premalal Tuesday, 01 December 2015 07:46 PM

    The people want most ministers removed.

    Sapu Tuesday, 01 December 2015 09:07 PM

    If they strike SLTB can make profit instaed of losses

    141 Tuesday, 01 December 2015 10:44 PM

    141,135 even all route buss

    Lima Tuesday, 01 December 2015 11:42 PM


    Premalal Wednesday, 02 December 2015 07:08 AM

    The minister concerned must be good if he can keep awake during important events.

    ram Wednesday, 02 December 2015 11:37 AM

    correction,he is not a lazy minister mainly a sleeping minister, who never work on his service time. always sleeping.

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