Transport Minister instructs officials to provide relief to commence private bus services

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Transport Minister instructs officials to provide relief to commence private bus services


Thu, Oct 28, 2021, 09:42 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 28, Colombo: Minister of Transport Pavithra Wanniarachchi instructed the Chairman of the National Transport Commission Shashi Welgama and relevant officials to provide all possible relief to the private bus owners to restart the private bus industry which has been inactive for nearly a year and a half due to the Covid epidemic.

The Minister has given these instructions to the officials following a discussion held with the private bus owners at the Ministry of Transport today (28).

Representatives of the Private Bus Owners’ Association presented the following requests to the Minister.

• Intervention of the Ministry to obtain relief for the payment of lease loan installments for buses.
• Granting a grace period for payment of road license fees.
• Stopping the transport of passengers without a license under the pretext of transporting institutional employees.
• Since inter-provincial driving is allowed for SLTB, developing a joint methodology for granting such permits and provide opportunities for private buses.

Addressing the concerns, Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said that necessary steps would be taken to take legal action against buses operating in the name of office services without route permits.

The Minister further stated that the relevant requests should be made to her in writing and that she would take steps to provide maximum relief and assured that the private bus industry would never be allowed to collapse.

Secretary to the Ministry of Transport Monty Ranatunga, Chairman of the National Transport Commission Shashi Welgama and representatives of private bus associations were also present on the occasion.

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