The Ministry of Transport has decided to take buses into Police custody from Monday if operators take passengers above the seat capacity and permit passengers to travel in busses while standing.
State Minister Dilum Amunugama said necessary guidelines to detain such buses until further notice, have been given to the Inspector General of Police in writing.
The State Minister said only 900 buses functioned in the country yesterday although they expected nearly 6,000 buses to be in operation.
He said since a large number of bus drivers and conductors have taken up other jobs, especially in the Western Province, they observed only a limited number of buses operating yesterday.
State Minister Dilum Amunugama noted that due to the uncertainty surrounding the bus industry, employees have resorted to other work.
State Minister Dilum Amunugama said although the country has reopened, the Sri Lanka Transport Board buses that were given to transport essential service workers and other functions will not be withdrawn until the Inter-Provincial restrictions are lifted.
He said a suitable environment has not yet been created for health sector workers to be able to travel in ordinary route buses.
State Minister Dilum Amunugama noted permission has been granted to operate SLTB and private buses based on demand and requirement. He said directives will be reviewed periodically.