Private bus fares up
COLOMBO: Private bus fares will be increased from Wednesday, July 4
and the using of the ticket machine by the bus conductors in this sector
will come into force in six months, said Road Passenger Transport Deputy
Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna.
Addressing a media conference at the Transport Ministry, yesterday,
the Deputy Minister said the decision to increase bus fares in private
buses was taken following a discussion held with representatives of the
Private Bus Owners’ Association led by its Chairman Gemunu Wijeratne.
He said the increase in bus fares will come in three categories based
on distance: from 3 kms to 14 kms an increase by 17 per cent; from 14km
to 80kms increase by 17.9% and more than 80kms an increase by 18.8%.
He said no amendments will be made on the short distance fare of Rs.
5. The amounts to be charged will be announced on July 3. The clergy and
those with national recognition will be given a 50% discount.
The Deputy Minister also said that both the Transport Ministry and
the Private Bus Owners’ Association would sign a Memorandum of
Understanding on Wednesday, July 04 in this respect. If the agreement
was violated, the bus fares will be decreased by 2 per cent, the
He said before the implementation of the National Transport Policy,
bus fares were increased by 20% which did not benefit the passengers.
But he pointed that with the implementation of the National Transport
Policy, they were able to draw a scientifically acceptable bus fare
schedule for the benefit of the passengers.
Minister Alagiyawanna noted the importance of closing the doors of
the buses and the vans on long distance journey and said that it was
compulsory that both drivers and conductors undergo training before they
take up the job.