The All-Island United Private Bus Association says even if diesel prices are reduced today, it will not help their industry due to the on-going fuel shortage.
Speaking to NewsRadio, General Secretary of the Union Manjula Wijewardene said they are not receiving required amount of fuel to run their buses.
Wijewardene said they are forced to obtain fuel from Sri Lanka Transport Board depots and no other filling station is releasing fuel for buses.
He said with the limited quantity of fuel they are receiving at present, long-distance buses can only run four to five days a month.
Manjula Wijewardene claimed that they are compelled to pay around Rs.20,000 additionally to obtain 200 litres of fuel from SLTB depots.
He said in that backdrop, reducing fuel prices will not benefit the private bus industry.
Wijewardene stressed that first, adequate fuel must be given to them, so that they can run their buses regularly.
General Secretary of the All-Island United Private Bus Association Manjula Wijewardene also noted that the private bus industry will not benefit through the implementation of the National Fuel Pass QR Code system.
He said although it might be beneficial to other vehicles, bus operators cannot remain in service with the limited quantity of fuel being released through the QR code system.
Manjula Wijewardene said while some buses require 150 to 200 litres of fuel, according to authorities only 30 to 40 litres of fuel will be provide for a week for buses.
He said such decisions will further destroy the private bus industry.