The All Ceylon Transport Workers Union (ACTWU) today lodged a complaint with the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission against a government circular which prohibits the use of mobile phones by SLTB bus drivers and conductors while on duty. The union said the circular violated the human rights of workers. Pix by Pradeep Pathirana
Although seems funny, ACTWU has a technical point. Use of phones while driving is illegal under motor traffic act. Duty time is much wider and larger than the actual driving time. However, it is applicable only for Drivers and not Conductors. New circular should be treated as a code of practice and not regulations.
SLTB should have the authority, as any other organization, to adopt a code of practice for drivers and conductors, as it seems fit and proper. As long as they do not violate the fundamental rights as specified by the constitution, should be fine.
Sam Wednesday, 27 November 2013 08:48 AM
Are they going to compensate for the so many innocent passengers killed or maimed due to negligence of the bus drivers. There have been a large no of accidents involving buses in recent times. They don't even talk about the human rights of the passengers who has more of a right to travel to their destinations safely than using a mobile phone. This is a very selfish action by a trade union
willows Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:35 AM
every person driving a vehicle should be banned from using mobile phones, regardless of hands free, blue tooth etc. I have seen some guys even sending text messages while driving.
Ajantha Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:37 AM
In Japan use of mobile phones are prohibited in Buses and trains not only for drivers but for all passengers. Its a good move taken by SLTB
Asian Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:59 AM
The height of Stupidity!!! This bunch of jokers should be sent to the asylum. DM Please stop giving publicity to idiots,
zyx Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:18 AM
sorry to say every right cannot be abused. we have the right of movement but cannot go naked as it infringes the right of privacy of another. the right to use the Cell phone is a right but during the working hours it can be prohibited for bus drivers and conductors for very good reasons. the safety of passengers and pedestrians are very much important than the use of cell phone by them. all shall be sensible and reasonable.
pokirissa... Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:39 AM
if i have powers i will allow the judiciary to pass a judgement to cut the hands or the tongue if caught using phones while driving...
Mohideen Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:50 AM
The jokers of the day
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