School transport fare increase in the offing

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School transport associations announced that fares will have to be increased by 20 to 30 per cent due to the increase in diesel prices.

Speaking to the media, yesterday (27) Lalith Chandrasiri, Secretary of the All Ceylon School Children Transport Association said, he did not want to increase fares for transporting children to school, which is now held three days a week, and that it would be necessary if school revert to a five-day work week again.

Chandrasiri stated that the diesel provided by SLTB depots for vehicles transporting children over 100 km is not sufficient. He called on the authorities to designate fuelling stations in major cities and develop a system to refuel vehicles carrying children more than 100 km away.

Meanwhile, the President of the All Ceylon Inter-Provincial School Transport Association Ruwan Prasad noted that he will have to increase transport fares by 20 to 30 per cent in line with the increase in fuel prices. He noted that the hike would definitely be announced on the 1 July.

By Nabiya Vaffoor