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* Sri Lanka's first female bus driver on expressway holds a protest
Sun, Nov 23, 2014, 09:14 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 23, Matara: Sri Lanka's first female driver who drives a bus on Southern Expressway held a protest this morning at the Matara bus stand.

The female driver parked her bus blocking the way to the other buses and launched her sit-in protest campaign on a disaster monitoring tower.

The 35-year old bus driver Lakshi Sajintha complained that her own bus is not given a permit to ply on the expressway.

She drives a bus belonged to her brother on the expressway and demands permission for her own bus. She says she has applied for the permit but not granted.

Ms. Sajintha says she has more than 15 years' of experience of driving school transport vehicles and has a license from Passenger Transport Authority to drive passenger transport buses.

Her protest ended when Minister Chandrasiri Gajadeera intervened and promised to grant her demand.

Driving buses and taxis is not a common vocation among Sri Lankan women due to social issues and safety concerns.

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