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Long-distance buses without permits:

Fines upped to Rs. 500,000

The fine for inter-provincial long distance buses plying without valid permits has been increased from Rs. 250,000 to Rs. 500,000.

National Transport Commission (NTC) Chairman Janaka Mallimarachchi said the decision was taken during discussions held between Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranatunga and relevant sectoral stakeholders yesterday.

Around 200 buses daily ply on inter-provincial routes without valid permits. This is an injustice to bus operators who have obtained valid route permits by paying due taxes to the government and operate according to registered timetables, Mallimarachchi said.

“The NTC has received several complaints from passengers and bus associations that some inter-provincial buses were plying without valid route permits and do not even comply with the registered timetables. The complaints were especially about buses from Jafnna terminating at Colombo Fort,” the NTC Chairman said.

“This has caused constant clashes between several parties,” he said. “This practice is an injustice to the bus operators respecting the rules and regulations. Buses operating without valid permits also pose a threat to the security of passengers,” he said.

“That is why we have decided to increase the fines for long distance buses plying valid permits,” Mallimarachchi added.

He said the increase in the fines would help to reduce the incidents of illegal activities involving route permits.

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