LPBOA urges authorities to provide super diesel
Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA) President Gemunu
Wijeratne yesterday urged the authorities to provide super diesel at
normal prices to private bus operators because considerable number of
private buses suffered permanent and temporary damage due to inferior
quality diesel presently available in the market.
Addressing a media briefing in Colombo yesterday, he said about 700
buses had been partially and around 700 buses permanently damaged due to
the use of substandard diesel.
Therefore a shortage of private buses would affect students sitting
the G.C.E A/L examination starting on Monday.
"All the stalled buses are new buses and the filling station pumps do
not have the filter system to clean contaminated fuel.
"However, the bus owners had cleaned and refitted the injectors which
cost them about Rs.75,000, he said. " We have been lobbying the
authorities to take steps to solve this problem with immediate effect,"
He said that the CPC did not have the technology to carry out quality
control tests on imported fuel and we have urged them to send samples
abroad to have them tested. 'But it will take a long time and that is
why we request from the authorities to provide this immediate relief ,"
"We have no confidence in the committee appointed to look into the
issue of substandard diesel being sold in the market.
He said that Petroleum Industries Ministry should have appointed an
independent committee so that there would be no bias.
Wijeratne further said that his association would take National
Transport Commission and Transport Authorities in Western, Central and
Sabaragamuwa Provinces before the courts for not complying with previous
"A number of incidents of fraud or corruption have taken place in
these institutions in the past two years pertaining to the issue of
route permits," he further said. He also admired the functions performed
by the Uva and Southern Provinces Transport Authorities related to the
passenger transport services which is at satisfactory level compared to
the transport authorities in other provinces.