|Private bus owners go to
court to quash new timetable
By Stanley Samarasinghe
Ten private bus owners who run bus services on the Matara-Colombo
route filed petitions at the Court of Appeal seeking writ of
certiorari, quashing the amended timetable issued by the
National Transport Commission (NPC).
The bus owners in their petitions to the court stated that the
NPC had prepared this timetable by amalgamating the services of
the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB), the ordinary bus service
and by adding eight additional buses to the Colombo-Matara bus
services – amounting to a total of 27 buses.
They further stated that they would suffer a drastic drop of
revenue and income and find it impossible to pay the lease
rental of buses and suffer losses as a result. They added that
the drivers would not be in a fit condition to drive buses due
to the amended timetable.
They pointed out that it was not practical to operate according
to the timetable as the buses had to leave Matara at different
times each day and return to Matara from Colombo.
The petitioners stated that the amended timetable was
unreasonable and not related to any reasonable objective sought
to be achieved.
These petitions will come up for support on May 8 before a Bench
comprised of Justice Chandra Ekanayake and Justice Anil
Gunaratna. Faiz Mustapha, Faiz Maker and Thusani Machodo
instructed by Gowin Thavarasa will appear for petitioners.