The Lanka Private Bus Owner’s Association says there is no proposal to be presented regarding the private bus industry for the 2022 Budget.
Speaking to NewsRadio Chairman of the Association Gemunu Wijeratne said there is no need for new reforms, with all the issues faced by the bus industry at present.
Wijeratne claimed that they do not require new reforms pertaining to private buses through the Budget proposals, since buses are not able to operate at present.
He said instead the government must look into benefits and what needs to be developed in the public transport sector.
Gemunu Wijeratne said only 50 percent of buses are in operation at present.
He said, the traffic congestion has increased, fuel consumption is higher and environmental pollution has also increased and yet the government has not taken any action.
The Chairman of the Lanka Private Bus Owner’s Association said it is important to direct attention towards these matters through the Budget, instead of reforms in the bus industry itself, as the industry cannot continue mainly due to external matters which have impacted the income of a large number of individuals who are involved directly and indirectly.