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Thursday September 29th, 2022

Sri Lanka private bus service in turmoil, must be permitted to refuel anywhere: PBOA

CROWDED: An overloaded bus in a suburb of Colombo, leaning sideways with passengers clinging to foot boards.

ECONOMYNEXT –  Some 5,000 buses in Sri Lanka’s private bus service are no longer in operation due to the country’s economic situation and the 11,000 buses that are still running can benefit from the fuel thus saved if the government permits them to refuel from any station, Private Bus Owners’ Association President Gemunu Wijeratne said.

Sri Lanka’s fuel quota allocation process is hampering the smooth operation of the country’s private bus service, Wijeratne told EconomyNext on Monday September 19.

“The allocation of fuel to the transport industry is not an efficient or fair allocation,” he said.

Sri Lanka’s prevailing currency crisis has pushed the island nation to ration fuel and sell petrol and diesel through a QR code-enabled quota system.

Private bus drivers are expected to fill up their buses at Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) depots.

Wijeratne said that buses must be allowed to fill up outside this system to ensure an efficient service.

Sri Lanka has 107 SLTB depots island-wide which dispense fuel as per the requirement of the transport providers.

With difficulties posed to the transport industry such as rising fuel prices, rationing and escalating spare part prices, has resulted in many leaving the industry due to instability in market conditions.

“More than 5,000 buses are no longer running, because of uncertainties in the industry. So with the number of buses leaving the industry, fuel is being saved as there are fewer buses to fill. That fuel can be issued to buses that are running,” said Wijeratne. (Colombo/Sep19/2022)

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  1. sacre blieu says:

    For goodness sake get this service going on the right track. the road inspectors are a joke and even if they are on the streets the bribe-taking system comes into place. Most buses are hard sprung for carrying loads. The older one’s shock absorbers are non-functional and even the small ripples on the road are felt by passengers.

  2. sacre blieu says:

    We all will be ‘Kota Uda’ with all this criticism from important overseas monitors and reputed analysts. now, investors have been taken for suckers, once more, with the reported Bit Coin scandal. Government cannot, anymore, bail out foolish investors who repeatedly are lured into these scandals, knowing very well the past frauds and the many who lost even their life savings to be thrown out onto the streets. So, are we screwed now, considering the disgraceful unsolved and dragging of the investigations into such frauds knowing very well the evidence is there staring us in the face?

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  1. sacre blieu says:

    For goodness sake get this service going on the right track. the road inspectors are a joke and even if they are on the streets the bribe-taking system comes into place. Most buses are hard sprung for carrying loads. The older one’s shock absorbers are non-functional and even the small ripples on the road are felt by passengers.

  2. sacre blieu says:

    We all will be ‘Kota Uda’ with all this criticism from important overseas monitors and reputed analysts. now, investors have been taken for suckers, once more, with the reported Bit Coin scandal. Government cannot, anymore, bail out foolish investors who repeatedly are lured into these scandals, knowing very well the past frauds and the many who lost even their life savings to be thrown out onto the streets. So, are we screwed now, considering the disgraceful unsolved and dragging of the investigations into such frauds knowing very well the evidence is there staring us in the face?