Fuel prices: Private bus operators demand further reduction
The Private Bus Operators Association (PBOA) yesterday demanded the
Government to make a further reduction of Rs. 12 on diesel if they
wanted to pass the benefit of the present fuel price reduction to the
Speaking to the `Sunday Observer', PBOA, President Gamunu Wijeratne
turned down yesterday's request made by Transport Minister A. H. M.
Fowzie, asking the private bus operators to reduce the bus fare,
considering the recent fuel reduction.
"The Government reduced the price of diesel by Rs. 5.00 and it is not
ethical for the Minister to ask us to reduce the bus fare," he said.
He said the price of diesel was increased by Rs. 9.00 from April this
year and another increase, Rs. 8.00 on fuel was effected by the
Government before April.
Despite these increases the bus fares were not jacked up and
therefore our Association is not prepared to reduce the bus fares at
this juncture," he said.
He said when making such a request, the Minister must also focus the
attention on the high cost in the prices of tyres and tubes, lubricants,
spare parts, the salaries of bus crews and instalments paid by bus
owners to finance companies etc.