The request to abolish Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) made on behalf of private bus owners associations is condemned with disgust states All Ceylon Transport employees Union.
The General Secretary of All Ceylon Transport employees Union Sepala Liyanage says private bus owners have no right to make such a request.
“Those who made the request should understand why private bus business was abolished on 1t January, 1957. It was because private bus owners could not provide a regular service for the people. As such, SLTB was established on a proposal by then Minister of Transport Maithripala Senanayaka. It had to be done as private buses could not provide the service people needed at the time. If present day private bus service cannot provide service necessary for the people it should be taken over by the government,” said Mr. Sepala Liyanage.
He further said private bus business that existed since 1950s was taken over by the government and when private buses went on a strike action more buses were put on roads on 2nd December by all the depots of the SLTB and provide a good service for the people.