We won’t function even after 30 May– LPBOA
By Nabiya Vaffoor
Although the National Transport Commission (NTC) stated interprovincial private bus services will be suspended only until 30 May, the Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) warned they will not provide inter-provincial transport services even after that date. "We will not function during lockdown because there is no point. Even after they lift the lockdown we will not continue interprovincial services since the Government hasn’t taken any step to vaccinate the transportation staff,” they said.
NTC Director General Nilan Miranda earlier said inter-provincial Private Bus Service will be suspended until 30 May. "NTC decided to stop all inter-provincial bus services since the night of 11 May. The intraprovincial bus services will continue. Inter and Intra provincial bus services for essential services will commence under special requests,” he added.
"Essential services such as Petroleum, Electricity, Water, Harbour and Health sectors etc. may request a special bus for staff transport if they have to but should at least have 80 per cent passengers in a bus. They will be charged the usual amount for transportation fees," he said. Miranda also added that private bus services within Provinces will be in operation as usual. When contacted, General Secretary of the All Ceylon Private Bus Owners’ Association Anjana Priyanjith he noted that they will continue to follow the Government’s directive.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) Deputy General Manager Panduka Swarnahansa noted that unless there are essential services, no CTB bus will function within the curfew period.
"We hope to provide our services after the curfew but some of our workers have already contracted the virus. Some refuse to come to work. We can't force anyone to report to work, but we have already send them written notices requesting them to report to work. We expect to function with the ones who show up," he added. He added that they will not provide services for the isolated Grama Niladari Divisions even after the curfew period.