Gemunu warns of bus strike against hike in traffic fines
Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) Chairman, Gemunu Wijeratne, says that the government should immediately withdraw the proposal to increase the minimum fine for traffic offences to Rs 2,500.
He stated that they will make a request to Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake regarding this matter today and warned of a private bus strike next week if the government fails to withdraw the proposal.
During the 2017 budget speech in parliament yesterday (10), Karunanayake had said that road accidents claim more and more lives daily and that most of the accidents are due to the traffic violations.
He proposed to increase fines charged on traffic offences and to increase the minimum fine to Rs. 2,500.
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Gemunu has not been bestowed powers to rule the country. This is something good in budget to control traffic in the country but need some law to handle corrupted police department.
If members of your Association cannot drive safely, it is best to shut down the private bus industry.
Otherwise, is there a difference between private bus drivers and terrorists? They both do not care about lives of human beings?