Sept 29, Colombo: Private bus operators in Sri Lanka says that the government's move to issue separate driving licenses for passenger transport would not address the issues faced by the passenger transport sector at present.
Head of the Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA), Gemunu Wijeratne said that implementing a separate driving license to drivers would not help reduce accidents caused by passenger transport vehicles.
He explained that it is the lack of proper regulating of the passenger transport sector that has caused a large number of accidents by involving them.
He observed that there is no proper regulating process for private buses including a proper time table for passenger transport vehicles.
According to Wijeratne, it is the race between buses that has resulted in an increase in accidents on the road.
Commissioner General of Motor Traffic, S.H. Harischandra, has said that they are in the process of implementing the separate driving license for passenger transport drivers and remaking egulations are being made in order to pass it as a law.
The move is aimed at allowing only skilled drivers to provide passenger transport services such as buses and school vehicles as they have the significant responsibility of assuring passenger safety.
Meanwhile, General Secretary of the All Island Private Bus Owners Federation (AIPBOF) Anjana Priyanjith has noted that implementing a separate driving license process for passenger transport vehicle drivers would increase corruption and malpractices prevailing in the transport sector.
He explained that such a move would result in an increase in the monies spent to get a driving license.