State-sanctioned playlists to replace bus music?

State-sanctioned playlists are expected to replace music heard on private and state-owned buses as the National Transport Commission (NTC) is set to welcome the new year with a ban on so called ‘bus music’.

The ban will come into effect in January 2020 and will also see a limit imposed on decibel levels allowed on bus TV/stereo systems.

According to a statement issued by the NTC, along with what it calls “සුභාවිත” (‘appropriate’?) music and music videos to be played on public transport, videos carrying inspirational messages that “passengers can enjoy and relax to” will also be played.

The decision was prompted by complaints from commuters, particularly those who engage in long-distance travel, who consider bus music a form of harassment, the NTC said.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Mahinda Amaraweera also stated in a discussion today that the maximum number of decibels that can be played in buses should be published with the approval of a panel of experts.

Arrangements have been made to provide government-approved CDs to bus drivers and conductors on the 31 Dec at the Makumbura Multimodel Center with the participation of Minister Amaraweera.

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