The private bus strike scheduled to commence
midnight today is very unlikely since the main
private bus owners’ association and the state
transport authority are likely to reach a compromise
over the minimum fare hike.
Bus owners demanded the present minimum fare of Rs.
6 be increased to Rs.8 while the state was willing
to settle at Rs. 7.
The largest private bus operators’ association which
owns 15,000 buses and employees around 30,000
yesterday said that it was open for further
discussions with the authorities in a bid to avert a
strike that would inconvenience thousands of
President of the Private Bus Owners’ Association
Gemunu Wijeratne told The Nation that they would
launch the strike from midnight and would decide on
Monday whether to restrict it to a token protest or
continue. “Our Board will take decision on it on
Monday,” Wijeratne said.
He said among other demands their main concern was
on the minimum fare and if a compromise could be
reached on this issue they would reconsider their
decision to strike.
Minister of Private Bus Transport C.B. Ratnayake who
initially said a firm no to any revision on the
minimum bus fare issue subsequently relented and
said that he, too, was ready for further
The fare revision was to be effected from July 1.
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