The Sri Lanka Petroleum Private Tanker Owners’ Association has withdrawn from operations as of midnight against the failure to increase transportation costs in comparison to the increase in fuel prices.
Discussions with the subject Minister last afternoon pertaining to a 60 percent increase in fares demanded by private fuel bowser owners ended in a stalemate.
The Sri Lanka Petroleum Private Tanker Owners’ Association said they demanded a 60 percent increase in fuel tariffs due to the 150 percent increase in fuel, spare parts, and insurance claims.
They reached a decision to engage in a strike action from midnight until their demands are met.
The Association claimed 600 private bowsers are engaged in fuel distribution throughout the island.