Lanka Private Bus Owners Association that opposes increasing the minimum traffic fine to Rs.2500 has organized a strike from midnight today (14th). All Ceylon Private Bus Owners Federation too has announced they would join the strike.
The Container Transport Employees Union states the increase in the fine inconveniences more than 20,000 container drivers and has requested the government to withdraw the increase in the fine.
The Inter-Provincial Private Bus Association stated the increase in fines severely inconveniences drivers of long distance bus services and is having a discussion with other bus owners regarding a course of action to be taken against the decision of the government.
Lanka Private Bus Owners Association and All Ceylon Private Bus Owners Federation state more than 18,000 buses will join the strike to be launched at midnight today.
Meanwhile, Minister of Finance Ravi Kaurnanayaka says the proposal in the budget to have a minimum fine of Rs.2500 for traffic offences would not be removed as it was meant to prevent traffic offences and not as a means of extra income for the government.