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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.

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