Three super luxury inter-provincial private buses plying without valid route permits were detained during the joint raid carried out by Police and the National Transport Commission yesterday.
Bus operators of three buses including two Jaffna bound buses and one Batticaloa bound bus were arrested by the Police. It has been revealed that one of the Jaffna bound buses among them had overturned yesterday near the Omanthai Maha Vidyalaya in Vavuniya leaving 13 passengers injured.
“If the bus has a route permit and revenue licence, a passenger travelling in that bus will be compensated in the event it meets with an accident. However, if a bus without a route permit meets with an accident, then the passengers are helpless.Therefore, legal action will be taken against those operating buses without sanction,” Passenger Transport Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said.
Amaraweera recently ordered the NTC to take legal action against all inter-provincial buses plying without valid route permits.
Private Bus Associations have also constantly informed the Minister about buses operating fraudulently without a valid route permit.Accordingly, there are over 30 private buses operating without a route permit. Most of them are plying on the Colombo-Jaffna route and also the Colombo-Batticaloa route. These buses normally park at various places and operate in the night,” he added. It has been difficult to apprehend these buses since they change parking places and operating time frequently,” the Minister said.