Policy to enhance efficiency of private transport services
The Private Transport Ministry has taken measures to formulate a
national transport policy to enhance the efficiency, quality of private
transport services, said Private Transport Minister C.B. Ratnayake.
The minister was addressing the media at the National Transport
Commission (NTC) yesterday.
“According to the National Transport Act, the NTC has to work within
a limited framework. So through the national policy, the Commission will
be able to work beyond the provisions of the Act. The Cabinet paper on
the policy will be submitted for Cabinet approval within a few days.“
said the minister.
The minister said, reckless driving results in the loss of a large
number of lives annually. ‘Parents send their children to school with
lots of hope about the future. Some careless drivers destroy all these
‘So the ministry has discussed with the Treasury to import about 500
buses with special features, such as, colour and vehicle model to make
it easier recognition.
“In some countries, they have introduced special rules for school
transport services. As there are special rules on ambulances priority
has also been given to school transport services. “ he said.
The ministry has also introduced GPS technology and cameras for
private buses. About 250 buses have already been equipped with the
technology and plans are afoot to introduce GPS technology for all
private buses by year’s end.
Minister Ratnayake requested the public to make their complaints on
the private transport system to the Hotline Number 1955.
Private Transport Ministry Secretary V. Samaraweera, NTC chairman
R.Gunawardane and NTC officials participated in the talks.