The All-Island Private Bus Owners Federation says the minimum bus fare should be revised to Rs.20 or more if the government intends to increase bus fares in line with the fuel subsidy they have requested.
Speaking to media this morning, the General Secretary of Federation, Anjana Priyanjith said bus owners are requesting diesel concessions adding however the government is attempting to provide a mere increase in fares.
He said bus owners are not ready to accept bus fares proposed by the government adding the fares must be increased by at least 20-25% while the minimum bus fare must be over Rs.20.
When questioned by media whether the All-Island Private Bus Owners Federation was invited to attend the discussion scheduled to be held with the State Minister of Transport, Priyanjith said the two main bus unions requesting diesel concessions were not invited adding only those who enter into deals with the present administration were invited.
The General Secretary said if bakery owners determine prices of bakery products and canteen owners determine prices of tea or plain-tea, the State Minister has no authority to reach a decision on bus fares.
Priyanjith said decisions on bus fares will be reached by bus operators.