Bandula calls for bus fare reduction

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Minister of Transport and Highways Bandula Gunawardena has advised the authorities to reduce bus fares in line with the recent fuel price reduction. Accordingly, new bus fares are expected to be announced today (19).

Meanwhile, private bus owners associations, yesterday (18) noted that they are prepared to reduce bus fares in line with the recent fuel price revision.

All Ceylon Private Bus Owners’ Association (ACPBOA) General Secretary Anjana Priyanjith said bus fares must be revised based on the national policy. He noted that if diesel prices are revised by four percent, bus fares must be amended based on the national policy, and the ACPBOA will discuss this with the National Transport Commission.

Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association Chairman Gemunu Wijeratne said they are also prepared to reduce bus fares, if they receive adequate fuel to operate buses.

Furthermore, All-Ceylon Three-Wheeler Owners’ Association too has decided to reduce the fare of the second kilometre to Rs 90 from Rs 100, in line with the fuel price revision.

Speaking to Ceylon Today, All-Ceylon Three-Wheeler Owners’ Association President Sudil Jayaruk said they are not in a position to reduce the fare for the first kilometre which is Rs 100 and it will remain unchanged.

He noted considering further beneficial changes in fuel prices and economical aspects the three wheel owners might reduce three wheel charges in the future.

By Nabiya Vaffoor