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.