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No bus services after A/L Exam

The Lanka Private Bus Owners Association has decided to withdraw passenger transport buses from services island wide, after the conclusion of the on-going GCE Advanced Level Examination.

Gemunu Wijeratne said accordingly buses will withdraw from services from the 9th of November.

Wijeratne attributed the decision to the many grave challenges faced in the passenger transport services sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the failure of transport authorities to direct any attention to said concerns.

He explained that only around 50-60% of buses are currently in operation, adding there is a sharp decrease in the number of commuters as well.

Wijeratne said several proposals were presented by the association for the protection of passengers and bus employees alike; however transport officials had not responded or supported the proposals.

He stressed the only reason buses have not withdrawn from services thus far is in consideration of children facing the A/Level exam.

The Chairman revealed that buses are making minimal income amidst the prevailing circumstances.