Bus fares reduced

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Bus fares were reduced with effect from midnight yesterday (4). Accordingly, the minimum bus fare, which was Rs 38, will now be Rs 34, the National Transport Commission (NTC) announced.

Addressing a media briefing, at the Department of Government Information, Director General of the NTC Nilan Miranda said the drop in the price of a litre of diesel by Rs 10 last week, led to the decision to revise bus fares.

“The bus fare revision is applicable to 350 routes and instances. We reduced the bus fares after considering the recent fuel price revisions and also since buses are now transporting passengers above the seating capacity,” he added.

He said the bus fares were increased by 20 percent in November 2020 on the premise that buses can operate only based on the seating capacity of the vehicles, since the regulation is not being followed at present, they decided to reduce the fares by 10 percent.

Accordingly, the bus fares of Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB), private and inter-provincial buses will be reduced. However, fares of expressway buses will not be amended.

Miranda said operators must display the revised fares in their buses from, today (5).

Meanwhile, mobile inspectors will be deployed to oversee whether the correct fares are being charged in buses.

Meanwhile, Lanka Private Bus Owners Association, chairman Gemunu Wijeratne claimed that they were neither officially informed nor negotiated about the bus fare revision which they cannot  take any responsibility of commencement as well.

Previously, Wijeratne noted that the drop in the price of a litre of diesel by Rs.10 last week is not enough to reduce the bus fare.

By Nabiya Vaffoor