The hire on the first kilometre of a three-wheeler has been increased to Rs.120 from Rs.100.
President of the All-Ceylon Three-Wheeler Owners’ Association Sudil Jayaruk speaking at a media briefing today (18) said the increase is insufficient.
However, Jayaruk said considering the burden on the public, a decision was reached to enforce a Rs.20 increase.
He added with the establishment of a regulatory authority for three-wheelers, prices can be regulated and a price formula can be introduced with the intervention of the government.
Meanwhile, the Kandy Three-Wheeler Association also convened a media briefing today.
President PG Priyadarshana said the fuel allocation through the QR code system is insufficient for three-wheeler operators.
He said there are nearly 850,000 three-wheeler operators engaged in this profession that support families.
Priyadarshana added five litres of fuel weekly is unacceptable.
He questioned the outcome of discussions in this regard adding it is not a matter that must be prolonged.
He noted that there are 2,000 three-wheelers in operation in Kandy and questioned the delay in reaching a swift decision.
Priyadarshana stated that a litre is spent on dropping and picking children from schools, adding the quota will suffice only five trips to school and back.