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* Sri Lanka's private bus owners accuse transport authorities of issuing illegal route permits for private buses
Mon, Apr 28, 2014, 08:39 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 28, Colombo: The Private Bus Owners Association (PBOA) of Sri Lanka has accused the country' transport authorities of issuing illegal route permits for private buses.

The PBOA has said that illegal route permits issued allegedly by transport officials have badly affected the businesses of private buses on normal routes along the Galle Road and connecting roads.

PBOA President Gamunu Wijerathna speaking to media said that the country's legal private bus sector has been hit by the illegal distribution of route permits, coupled with the discrepancies within the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) and the private bus system.

Explaining that the authorities have failed to follow the proper guidelines in issuing route permits when they should be issued after calling for tenders, Wijerathna charged the officials at the National Transport Commission (NTC) and the Private Transport Ministry of selling route permits in an indiscriminate manner for Rs. 15 million.

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