'Unjustifiable for one bus operator to strike' | Daily News
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'Unjustifiable for one bus operator to strike'

Steps are being taken by the the Ministry of Private Transport Services to solve the difficulties of private bus operators, Private Transport Services Minister C B Ratnayaka yesterday said.

He said that it was an unfair and unjustifiable action by one private bus operator to stage a bus strike when all other private bus operators had decided to provide their services to the public.

They were doing this at a time when the Ministry was taking steps to provide relief to them on the directions of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who had met them on Monday(8) and discussed the issues faced by them, the minister said.

"There is no way that this private bus association could justify the bus strike it has launched today.

The bus operators have agreed that they would operate their services to the commuters and would not resort to any strike action," the minister said.

Although a bus fare revision should have come into effect from the July 1, the majority of bus owners declined a bus fare hike. Instead they wanted the government to provide them with provisions of relief to run their transport operations, explained Minister Ratnayaka.

The demand for a fare hike by this bus operator was not at all fair under these circumstances, he said.

The government was not ready to burden the public with bus fare hikes. The Ministry of Private Transport Services was committed to protect the people against any inconvenience caused to them, he added.