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No plans to increase private bus fares - Minister

Private bus fares will not be increased under any circumstances, Passenger Transport Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said.

However he said that since there were many complaints from private bus owners that they are running at loss due to the prevailing situation, the government is considering other forms of compensating their losses.

Amaraweera said that private bus operators had complained that they are running at a loss due to the government decision of carrying passengers only to seating capacity in buses. Therefore, they have urged the government to take measures to increase bus fares by 1.5 percent similar to the bus fares charged by semi-luxury buses currently.

However, the government will not burden the public in any manner at this time, as people are already burdened financially due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Therefore bus fares will not be increased for any reason,” the minister said.

The Minister said it is necessary to continue the regulation of carrying passengers to the seats available in private buses as recommended by health authorities as a safety measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The government has paid attention to take alternative measures to address the issues faced by private bus owners if their current income is inadequate due to the prevailing situation,” the Minister said.

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