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* Private bus owners in Sri Lanka ask authorities to introduce pre-paid card system or increase fares
Fri, May 16, 2014, 12:37 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 15, Colombo: Private bus owners in Sri Lanka have called on the transport authorities to either make the pre-paid card system for buses a compulsory feature or increase the bus fares.

Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA) Head, Gemunu Wijerathna told a news conference that the private bus owners expected a fare hike between 6 to 7 percent given the current situation.

However, he observed that the private bus owners will not demand a fare hike if the Private Transport Ministry made pre-paid cards compulsory for commuters.

He explained that both the bus owners and commuters will be benefited by the pre-paid card system. Bus fares are scheduled to be revised this July.

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