The bus unions say that an increase in bus fares should be made as soon as possible with the increase in fuel prices.
Accordingly, the minimum bus fare should be 40 rupees and the rest should be increased by 40%, said the General Secretary of the All Ceylon Private Bus Owners Association Anjana Priyanjith.
He said that although bus fares should be increased by 15% compared to the increase in fuel prices, the percentage that should be increased when the annual bus fare revision is added is about 40%.
The General Secretary of the All Ceylon Private Bus Owners’ Association Anjana Priyanjith further stated that if there is no increase in fares before tomorrow (28) the buses will be discontinued.
However, the Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association has not yet released the figures for the increase in bus fares.
Its chairman Gemunu Wijeratne said the National Transport Commission (NTC) should announce the increase, taking into account the annual revision of fares and the increase in fuel prices.
Aslo, The All Ceylon Three Wheelers’ Trade Union states that the fare charged for the second kilometer of three wheelers will be increased from 80 rupees to 90 rupees.
Its chairman Lalith Dharmasekera stated that the current fare of Rs. 100 for the first kilometer will not change.