May 172013

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* Sri Lanka to take legal measures against private busses violating fundamental rights of the publicFri, May 17, 2013, 10:44 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Minister of Private Transport Services C.B Rathnayake says that Legal measures will be taken against the private buses that violate fundamental rights of the public.

Accordingly, route permits of the private buses will be cancelled. In addition, the fine imposed on the private buses that play noisy songs which harm the peace of the minds of the passengers will be raised.

The Minister made these remarks at a workshop held in Colombo yesterday to raise the awareness of owners of the luxury busses.

Recently a Buddhist monk travelling in a private bus plying from Colombo to Embilipitiya was severely assaulted by the driver and the conductor of the bus.

Chairman of the National Transport Commission Roshan Gunawardena added that the luxury bus service has been collapsed due to their weak service. Only 474 luxury busses are operating at present although there were 1,374 luxury busses in 2002.

Meanwhile, President of the Private Bus Owner’s Association Gemunu Wijeratne says that the decision taken by the NTC to install CCTV cameras in private buses will not be effective for a country like Sri Lanka. Mr. Wijeratne pointed out that there are more important issues to be solved in the transport sector such as implementing better timetables.

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