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Lanka Private Bus Owners' Association (LPBOA) to introduce a ticketing system in place of a physical conductor in the bus.

LPBOA President Gemunu Wijerathne told the Daily Mirror that the request regarding amending the Motor Traffic Act was to send the Transport Minister and the Secretary

He said the decision was taken considering the hardships currently faced by the bus owners to employ conductors.

Therefore, the LPBOA has decided to operate the buses without the support of the conductors, he said.

"An automated ticketing system will be fixed in the buses near the front door in the future, and discussions regarding installing the facility were held with the local state bank. Until the automated ticketing system is fixed, the current electronic ticketing machine will be fixed and passengers can get their relevant tickets by themselves, "Mr. Wijerathne said.

"The rear doors of the buses will remain closed and passengers will be transported only to seating capacity. There will be a box near the front door of the bus where passengers would drop the bus fare for the distance they travel. The bus fare as per the distances will be announced in the bus, "he said.

Therefore, Mr. Wijerathne asked the passengers to pay the accurate bus fare to travel the distance the passengers intend to.

"The passengers have to drop the bus fare in the box and obtain the ticket, or they can place the pre-paid cards on the electronic ticketing machine and get the ticket, because no change will be given. The driver would not involve in issuing tickets and will only concentrate in driving, "he said.

However, it is not compulsory, he said. 

"The drivers can employ the conductor or not. CCTV camera systems with GPS technology will be installed in the buses to monitor activities, "Mr. Wijerathne said.

"With the current situation in the country, we cannot go for an instant bus fare increase along with the increase of essential commodities. With the current situation, we cannot even save the cost of the wastage of tyres," he said.

"We envisage honesty among passengers here. With the introduction of this new system, we hope to provide a quality bus service. Most of the problems were raised by the conductors, "Mr. Wijerathne said. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 9

  • Jude Fernando Sunday, 17 October 2021 08:45 PM

    Sounds so hilarious. Can't stop laughing

    Ramon Alwis Sunday, 17 October 2021 09:34 PM

    Its a good idea, however are the 6.9 million up to it, after all they did not even use their vote wisely.....God Bless Lanka

    Jeewaratnehulla Monday, 18 October 2021 09:25 AM

    The majority of voters would not be even living at present had they not used their vote wisely!

    Dee Monday, 18 October 2021 07:01 AM

    Wonderful if it can be implemented. But remember the calibre of the majority of this country! This is Sri Lanka.

    Cecil Monday, 18 October 2021 08:21 AM

    This is not a laughing matter.It happens all over the world and all passengers are disciplined and honest in most parts of the world.

    Passenger Monday, 18 October 2021 08:24 AM

    Get rid of the drivers first of all!!!

    Mirosaan Monday, 18 October 2021 08:38 AM

    U better know the system. Not to drop the money on the box. Have prepaid travel card. U swipe it and get the ticket. Reload it at retails stores like phone cards. Your recommendation is like wear sarong for full suit.

    Yoga Monday, 18 October 2021 02:33 PM

    Long way to go. First learn from the parking meter that fixed in Colombo as in many places those meters don't function at all

    Anne Karunaratne Tuesday, 19 October 2021 09:09 AM

    Don't give false hopes to people!

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