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Colombo, April 2 (Daily Mirror) - Cabinet approval has been granted to import 1,000 vehicles only for the tourism industry to transport tourists, Cabinet spokesman and Minister Bandula Gunawardana said.

Addressing the weekly media briefing to inform Cabinet decisions, he said this was after taking into consideration that vehicles in the tourism sector engaged in transporting tourists cannot be used for more than six years.

It is apparent that the condition of the vehicles used in the tourism industry is not satisfactory and sufficient, and the fame earned by Sri Lanka as a prominent tourist destination is tarnished due to the use of old vehicles as a result of the limitations of vehicles and essential spare parts, the Minister said.

"Therefore, the requirement of importing vehicles essential for enhancing the industry has been recognized considering the contribution to the tourist industry within the economic revival process of Sri Lanka. 

"Accordingly, the Cabinet approved the proposal by the Tourism and Lands Minister to import 750 vans, both electric and hybrid, with seating capacity of 6 to 15. Moreover, there are another 250 buses with seating capacities ranging from 6 to 30, which are small and larger buses with seating capacities ranging from 30 to 45 for the transport of tourists without any special tax relief," Minister Gunawardene said.


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  • lion Tuesday, 02 April 2024 04:00 PM

    Our luxury vehicles too will be among those so no one see the trick

    MirakRajBanda Tuesday, 02 April 2024 04:09 PM

    Can you please import some decent busses to replace the ''Ceylon Takarang Board (CTB)'' busses which gushing out all the known toxic gases when on the road? To do that, privatise those age old entities first. Think about the people first not the tourists. Showing fake smiles to the tourists and grimace at the locals no longer will be tolerated.

    Rip Winkle Tuesday, 02 April 2024 05:31 PM

    The Ashok Leyland luxury buses that commute on Sri Lanka's expressways are more than suitable for this purpose. No need to import European or Japanese vehicles. But who knows, if commissions can be made, rubbish from china might be on our roads soon.

    China is a Force to Be Reckoned Wednesday, 03 April 2024 07:14 AM

    You’ll be surprised most new buses on the road are China made. Every other luxury bus is China made these days on most Asian roads. You’ve yet to see their new EVs such as BYD, Xiaomi etc coz SL has not imported many new vehicles in since 2022. They have beating Tesla to be top producer of EVs. They have the world's largest single-building airport terminal in the world called Daxing Beijing. Google it up if you don’t believe. They are a global power now and the mentality of their products being inferior are those still in twilight era!

    tourist buses Wednesday, 03 April 2024 06:54 PM

    The Ashok leyland buses are made in India and have been very popular in Sri Lanka for over 40 years while the Chinese buses were no where to be seen.

    Tissa Fernando Thursday, 04 April 2024 03:04 AM

    Chinese products are more advanced than those of Indian or even European.look at the high speed trains made in China. They are much better than the European or American trains. They make excellent busses too. Even the locals do not like inefficient Ashok Leyland lorry busses do for the tourists we need busses to meet their country standard.

    Sam Silva Tuesday, 02 April 2024 05:56 PM

    Certain vehicles will given to the politicians as a gift for the election

    Sambo Tuesday, 02 April 2024 07:33 PM

    Who gets the bigger part of the cake.

    Mandayan Wednesday, 03 April 2024 12:27 AM

    The Criw, Mr 10% back in the country and so 1000 buses and 4 Airbuses are ordered! Last of the SLLP pilfering.

    Patcitz Tuesday, 02 April 2024 11:53 PM

    If so............the vehicles should be imported either from Japan or China, should not go behind India to buy Bullock Carts.

    B P Wednesday, 03 April 2024 12:14 AM

    Are we receiving that much of foreign exchange from tourists to spend like this?

    Gamini Wednesday, 03 April 2024 09:45 AM

    so a huge % in the making

    D.M. Dharmadasa - General Merchant Homagama Wednesday, 03 April 2024 09:55 AM

    Bandula did you get the commission before New Year or later. Somehow, with the greatest difficulty you made your easy money as Commission. You are great man...

    Neil Wednesday, 03 April 2024 09:55 AM

    Bandula Sir, for one bus what is the commission for you?

    F.M.M. Farook Wednesday, 03 April 2024 09:57 AM

    Like Basil Hon. Minister you will get 20% or more.


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