- Container Transport Owners Association Raises Fees by 35%
- The National Transport Safety Board has approved a 19.5% increase in both state and private bus fares.
- Minimum bus ticket from Rs. Maximum fare from 27 rupees 32, Rs. 2,022 rupees 2,417
- Number of harassment complaints received from commuters, according to the Association of Private Bus Owners
- Encourage conductors and drivers not to squeeze commuters with currency exchange
- Threaten transportation authorities to introduce a card system or raise prices again in July
- The three-wheeled union will raise the fare from the rupee. 80 rupees A suburb of 100 rupees in western province. 120
- All Island Canteen Owners’ Association Raises Prices by 10%
By Charuminide Silva
Due to the chain of effects of the sharp fuel hike announced on Tuesday, the transportation sector and the food industry have announced a full upward price revision.
The association of buses, tricycles, containers and canteens has announced inevitable price increases.
After the Cabinet approved revisions to transportation and other service charges, the National Transport Safety Board (NTC) also announced that bus fares had been raised by 19.5% from last night.
Therefore, the minimum bus fare has been raised from the rupee. 27 rupees 32, the maximum fare is up from rupees. Rs from 2022. 2,417. In parallel with the price revision, the fares for semi-luxury and luxury buses have also been raised.
Gemunu Wijeratne, chairman of the Sri Lankan Civil Bus Owners Association, told Daily FT that “the revisions were made in line with the increase in fuel prices, as stipulated in the national transport policy,” and the government conceded bus charges. He added that he wants to introduce. We will reduce the price within one month.
“We are also part of the community. We can’t raise prices this way. The public can’t stand this anymore. There are some initiatives proposed to provide some relief to commuters.” He added.
Wijeratne also said he received many complaints from commuters about charging additional fees.
“I urge bus conductors and drivers not to be unfair to the general public when billing, and I urge commuters to keep changing,” he says. I did.
He argued that bus conductors and drivers earn more than doctors today because they share profits after daily service.
“We have requested transportation authorities to introduce a card system that is beneficial and transparent to commuters and bus owners, but the request has been ignored. However, after the GCE review is complete, the authorities have requested it. If we don’t introduce a transparent mechanism, we plan to make another price revision in July, “emphasized Wijeratne.
The All Island Three-Wheeler Drivers and Owners Association (AITWDOA) has decided to raise the first 1km fare to Rs. It is 100 rupees in the western state, but 120 in the suburbs.
“It has been decided to raise the fare for the first kilometer from rupees. 80 rupees Valid from Tuesday 100, Rs. Then, in the western states, 80 will be charged per kilometer. Out-of-state fares will be rupees. It starts with 120 and Rs. Then 80 per kilometer, “said AITW DOA Media and Propaganda Secretary Capilla Garapitage.
He justified higher fares in the suburbs, especially in the hills where fuel consumption is high.
Galapitage argued whether the price increases and shortfalls were the concessions the government had promised to the people. “Our members are desperately waiting in long lines for days in a fierce shower, and part of the day is hired to feed their families in the scorching sun,” he said. From the adoption of Miwa, he added that nearly a million families depend on their daily income.
The All Island United Container Transport Owners Association (AIUCTOA) also announced that freight container shipping charges have been increased by 35%.
All Island Canteen Owners’ Association (AICOA) has raised prices entirely by 10%.
“Given the shipping costs associated with procuring raw materials such as flour, vegetables, chicken, dairy products, eggs and fish, price increases were inevitable,” AICOA President Asera Sampas told Daily FT.
He said two months ago, people bought a significant portion of rice and curry and selected proteins by about Rs. 150 But now it has increased to rupees. Over 350.
Sampas said it has reached a decision to raise prices by only 10%, given that 500,000 people are directly and indirectly dependent on the industry.
“The industry must be protected from collapse. Our stakeholders are represented by street-level eateries in public and private canteens,” he explains, deteriorating economic conditions. Has also had a serious impact on related industries, 50% of which are already closed.
The president of AICOA said the rise in costs was added to staff wages, and many companies couldn’t cope with it, so the majority of those cooks shifted to the construction industry as workers.
“It is said that not only is our business deteriorating, but people’s purchasing power and health are also deteriorating. After all, we are part of this community,” he pointed out. ..