VIDEO: Private bus operators to start off New Year with strike

VIDEO: Private bus operators to start off New Year with strike

December 28, 2010   02:58 pm

Private Bus Operators in the Western Province threatened to go on strike on the second week of January 2011. If the government doesn’t agree to our proposal to increase bus fares we will opt to strike, Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) President Gemunu Wijeratne expressed.

Speaking at a press briefing held today he said that the decision had been made following an extensive discussion with the private bus owners of the Kaluthara, Gampaha and Colombo Districts earlier today.

Wijeratne accused the Western Province Passenger Transport Authority of preparing to increase the number of bus route permits in the Western Province by 20% while already there is an excess of busses In the Western Province exists.

Eventhough a Private Transport Services Minister has been appointed, he has not been given any power or authority, he further expressed.

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