LPBOA planning automated ticketing for buses
By Nabiya Vaffoor
Lanka Private Bus Owners' Association (LPBOA) is planning to replace conductors by introducing an automated ticketing system in place of a physical conductor in the bus. LPBOA President Gemunu Wijerathne said a request to amend the Motor Traffic Act has been sent to the Transport Minister and the Ministry Secretary. “This decision was taken considering the hardships currently faced by the bus owners to employ conductors. 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 a local State bank.
Until the automated ticketing system is fixed, the current electronic ticketing machine will be fixed and passengers can get their tickets by themselves,” Wijerathne said. He further said the rear doors of the buses will remain closed and passengers will be transported according to the seating capacity of the bus.
“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 showed inside the bus,” he added. He also said a CCTV camera system with GPS technology will be installed inside the buses to monitor these activities. “We envisage honesty among passengers here. With the introduction of this new system, we hope to provide a quality bus service,” he added.