Busmen to abide by national policy on fare revisions
COLOMBO: Bus operators yesterday said they would stand by with
the national policy on revisions of bus fares, until Transport Minister
Dullas Alahapperuma gives them a suitable fare hike to be effective from
July 1 in keeping with the policy.
The Lanka Private Bus Owners Association, All Ceylon Bus Operators
Association and the Southern Province Bus Owners Association said they
were not prepared to increase the fares twice in a year and cause
frustration among commuters.
“We asked the Minister to give us a revision of bus fares considering
price of diesel which is expected to go up by Rs.4 in the next couple of
weeks,” the chairman of the Southern Province Bus Owners Association,
Chandana De Soyza said.
De Soyza said that if the increase had to be made on the basis of
current inflation and the recent diesel price increase of Rs. 7 alone,
it would mean another requirement to increase the fares once the diesel
prices go up.
“We do not want to cause unnecessary inconvenience to the public,” he
he chairman of All Ceylon Bus Operators Association, Stanley Fernando
said they were expecting a price revision before June 15. Meanwhile
Alahapperuma had told the bus operators at a meeting at his ministry,
that if they wanted a fare increase it had to be determined side by side
with the quality of service provided to the commuters.
He had also emphasised the importance of studying people’s proposals
before deciding on it by the Committee appointed for the task of fare