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Doctors praise Minister's decision to import low floor buses

Doctors have praised Passenger Transport Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera's decision to import low floor buses for the SLTB while banning the further import of passenger transport buses fitted with lorry chassis and lorry engines to the country.

Minister Amaraweera said that buses built on lorry chassis were imported due to poor road conditions we had in the past.

“However, with the improved road conditions in urban areas as well as rural areas at present, we want a transport system that is cost-effective, comfortable and safe. That is why we have decided to stop the import of buses fitted with lorry chassis and lorry engines," he said.

The Minister was speaking during a meeting with the health authorities recently.

The Minister further said that nearly 80 low floor buses will be deployed on the roads in urban areas within the next three months.

Currently, the elderly and differently abled people are unable to use public transport services due to the high footboards. However, low-floor buses provide easy ramp access to wheelchair-bound passengers and elderly citizens, and the decision made by the Minister to import more low floor buses came in for praise by doctors during the meeting.

He believed one reason people were reluctant to travel by bus was the discomfort caused whilst riding on lorry chassis.

“This does not meet certain safety standards and is less comfortable for the passengers as well. That is why we have decided to ban the import of passenger transport coaches fitted with lorry chassis and lorry engines,” he added.

 
 

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