Bus fare reduction next week
The Government will reduce bus fares by 4.3 per cent with effect
January 6, National Transport Commission Chairman Prof.Amal Kumarage
Addressing the ceremony held to distribute free uniforms to the bus
crews in the Western Province in Colombo yesterday, Prof Kumarage said
the lowest fares of Rs.6 and Rs.9 will not be revised.
“Following the Rs.10 reduction in diesel given in the relief package
by the Government, we have unanimously decided to reduce bus fares to
benefit the commuters in the country,” he explained.
“Meanwhile, the disparities in the anomalies rectified in the
transport system in the Western Province will be removed from January
6,” he added.
Continuing, he said while providing relief to commuters, the
Government always considered problems faced by bus operators.
The increasing prices of tyres, tubes and fuel will be considered and
they will be given concessions when the next bus fare revision is
formulated next July.
It was revealed in a survey carried out by the Moratuwa Universtiy,
the number of commuters who travel by CTB buses has reduced to 61
percent from 80 percent.. This is due to inefficiency and the low
quality of the service,” he explained
”We have realised the importance of adopting latest technology to
improve standards in the service in order to attract more commuters to
SLTB buses,”he said. Therefore, the NTC has taken a number of measures
to be implemented this year to streamline the public transport system
with the National Transport Policy already set in motion.