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Colombo, Feb 9 (Daily Mirror) - Before targeting individuals who commit acts of abuse against children and women on public transport, the police must take action to implement the prepaid card system or the transporting of passengers to the seating capacity of buses, the Lanka Private Bus Owners' Association (LPBOA) said.

LPBOA chairman Gemunu Wijerathne told the Daily Mirror that people who want to abuse children, women and pickpockets never buy tickets but travel freely.

"Implementing the prepaid card system will help prevent these kinds of abuses. Meanwhile, transporting passengers to the seating capacity of buses will also help reduce these kinds of abuses," he said.

"We have enough private and Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) buses to transport people according to the seating capacities of buses.

"Otherwise, deploying officials or people to apprehend pickpockets and those who abuse women and children will not be a practical solution to the issue," Wijerathne said.

 


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  • Trehan Munasinghe Friday, 09 February 2024 10:54 AM

    Looks like this chap doesn't want cops on the buses, not only apprehending crooks, the undercover police can report the bus drivers and conductors, considering the ample amount of offences they commit on a daily basis, some of them are the worst.

    Part of a Gang Friday, 09 February 2024 12:23 PM

    Spot on mate. These morons are part of a gang should be apprehended immediately. Maintain these undercover cops book these drivers too for racketeering

    joshua Friday, 09 February 2024 11:01 AM

    As usual talking bullshit.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 09 February 2024 12:30 PM

    Please do not insult this fellow. He is a qualified expert in many fields. He has commented on intelligence issues and also international affairs in the past like a professional. This is why he is doing such a brilliant job in our transport sector that we citizens are proud of and the whole world is jealous.

    Avery Markham Friday, 09 February 2024 11:06 AM

    CCTV cameras inside and outside buses, also GPS tracking (to catch speeding). Pre paid card is also a good international practice.

    Sivalingam Friday, 09 February 2024 11:07 AM

    Bus owners should be tax audited starting with Gemunu.

    ERAN Wicks Friday, 09 February 2024 11:08 AM

    Some bus owners have purchased apartments at Havelock city with black money.

    Rohan Fernando Friday, 09 February 2024 11:47 AM

    What about the "no change" syndrome? Tickets are NEVER issued on private busses. Repeatedly calling other busses by the drivers and stopping at bus stands for a long time... who checks these?

    wsw Friday, 09 February 2024 12:07 PM

    This fellow sounds like a blithering idiot. Speaks in volumes of the quality of leaders we have in this country today.

    Public Canning Good Deterrent Friday, 09 February 2024 12:25 PM

    These thieves

    Afraid of speeding ticket Friday, 09 February 2024 12:42 PM

    These guys want to avoid speeding offences and reckless driving

    Mila Friday, 09 February 2024 12:47 PM

    Noting need to change. All these things they want to do is to control people. Even here in the West people abuse others in public transport while there are cameras and also prepaid card system. West is using puppets in Sri lanka to push their agenda's.

    European Friday, 09 February 2024 09:08 PM

    Such nonsense. I wonder how it is possible to abuse children and women in your full busses and no normal person defend these women and handover these perverts to the police. Are you all only watching?

    Dee Friday, 09 February 2024 01:29 PM

    Oh really? Upto seating capacity! So why do they stop everywhere even outside halts and pick up passengers? If passengers are not disciplined the bus drivers should set an example.

    mnsmart Friday, 09 February 2024 02:04 PM

    Let the Police do what they are doing now. This guy wants to interrupt the proceedings.

    A concerned citizen Friday, 09 February 2024 03:48 PM

    The first step is not to seek to punish the crime, but to seek a method where the environment for such crimes can be prevented. My thinking maybe wrong but as a first step maybe (if possible only) stop the overcrowding of buses by taking in passengers and packing them like sardines in a tin can. This will not give a possibility of physical harassment of women/children. And it will make monitoring also easier. I am sure that there are majority who I am sure will agree to this. As an over crowded bus also can easily incriminate an innocent person as well. Then we can look at punishing the crime. Since it will be easier to identify such notorious characters. Also I agree with other comments that conductors should be advised to speak respectfully. They can be loud, but should not be rude. There are a rare few I have come across who do speak kindly and respectfully.

    Sena Friday, 09 February 2024 05:26 PM

    This guy should be castrated in public.

    Mohan Friday, 09 February 2024 07:26 PM

    Best way to reduce sexual abuse is to educate the people to be cultured.

    Commuters Friday, 09 February 2024 07:51 PM

    Is this fellow trying to contest in the next election?? Joker of the highest grade! Sri Lankan transport system will NEVER change!!! If a change is needed, then foreign bus drivers will need to be hired, hahaha!


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