State Minister of Transport Dilum Amunugama has decided to amend the provision in the Passenger Transport Act which states that drivers and conductors are compulsory for buses during passenger transport and make the role of the Conductor non-essential.
He said this addressing the media in Kandy yesterday (30).
He said passenger buses in many parts of the world now operate without a conductor, and with the new amendment, bus owners will be able to decide whether or not to hire a conductor or not.
He said that the decision was taken after considering the requests made by the bus owners to allow the buses to run without conductors.
The Minister of State said that passenger buses plying on expressways do not need the services of a conductor and in future buses imported to Sri Lanka will be able to operate without the services of a conductor as they have modern facilities including automatic doors and rear camera systems.
However, according to sources in the field, the job of a conductor was made mandatory because of the thousands of people who engage in the profession and the need for their assistance for the driver when turning, reversing as well as for the security of the bus.