Government concessions for essential transport services, private buses to strike against fuel price hike

Feb 11, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has announced that concessions will be given to essential transport services in the country to maintain the services without any interruption due to the fuel price hike that goes into effect from midnight Saturday.

The public transport sector, fishing industry, school transport services, three wheelers and other common transport services will be granted concessions.

However, the private bus operators in the country will go on a strike from midnight Sunday due to the increase in diesel prices, Private Bus Owners Association President Gemunu Wijerathna has said.

The government has permitted the state-run Ceylon Petroleum Corporation to increase diesel prices by Rs. 31 per liter effective midnight Saturday (11).

The private bus operators are to meet tomorrow to take a final decision against the price hike.

The All-island Private Bus Owners Federation Secretary Anjana Priyanjith has told Ada Derana that their members will not operate tomorrow as the price increase makes it impossible to maintain the transport sector.

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