The National Transport Commission says 40 buses will be deployed in the Western Province for the new private bus school transportation service scheduled to commence on the 1st of August for teachers and students.
Speaking during a media briefing at the Department of Government Information today, the Director General of the National Transport Commission Nilan Miranda said the service will be operated under strict regulations since the service will be used by school students.
Miranda said they will ensure the safety of students as only teachers and students are allowed to use the service.
The Director General said they will coordinate with the relevant schools in order to ensure the buses arrive and leave school on time.
He said only the necessary fare depending on the end destination can be charged.
Miranda said the National Transport Commission will implement a procedure to provide fuel for these buses in order to provide a continuous service.
He said fuel will be provided at the Makumbura Multimodal Center and Bastian Mawatha Bus Station through a joint programme with the Road Passenger Transport Authority.
He said the initial stage of the bus service will be implemented in the Western Province adding the number of buses will be increased depending on the number of requests received.
Furthermore, the Director General of the National Transport Commission Nilan Miranda said a sticker reading ‘Podu Pasal Seva’ has been displayed on buses operating within the service. He said both teachers and students can obtain transport without any difficulty by paying the necessary fare, from the 1st of August.
Miranda said 1,500 Sisu Sariya buses are in operation island wide with 750 buses from the Sri Lanka Transport Board and private buses each.
The Director General said the new project is completely operated using private buses and will charge the standard fee since they will not be paid the usual state allowances.
He said the NTC website will have details of where each bus will commence the journey and which school will be the end destination.
He said parents can also obtain details through the 1955 hotline. Miranda said these buses will reach school by 7.30am and will leave schools at 1.30pm.