Private buses to keep off the roads

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Private bus owners have decided to keep away from bus operations with effect from midnight yesterday (4), owing to the inadequate weekly fuel quota allocated to them.

Speaking to Ceylon Today, All Ceylon Private Bus Owners’ Associations President Anjana Priyanjith said they will not adhere to the recent bus fare reduction as well.

“It is unfair to reduce 11 per cent of the bus fare after reducing Rs 10 from the diesel price.

The authorities should have discussed this fare revision with us. The private buses do not get enough diesel, to function, through the QR code method. We at least need 300 litres of diesel weekly but get only 40 litres per week,” he said.

Meanwhile, Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association President Gemunu Wijeratne claimed that Transport Minister Bandula Gunawardena is responsible for the inconvenience the commuters have to face due to the trade union action.

By Nabiya Vaffoor