School van, bus, train fares to increase


By Rathindra Kuruwita 

School van, bus and train fares are likely to increase in the coming days as the price of fuel has been increased yet again. 

All Island School Children’s Transport Association yesterday announced that they would increase the van fare by 5% from this month in response to the increase of auto diesel prices by Rs 5, its chairman L. Mal Sri de Silva said. 

He said that it was justifiable increase as the price of fuel keeps on increasing at regular intervals after the introduction of the fuel formula. "Things have become difficult for us because fuel prices keep on rising and we can’t increase our fare on a monthly basis," he said.

Lanka Private Bus Association Trade Union Alliance Chairman, Stanley Fernando said the bus fare should be increased by 10% due to the increase in diesel price. 

Although bus fares increased by 12.5% last May, fuel prices have risen by Rs. 14 in that period. "Therefore, we need an increase in bus fares. We will give the government three days from today (12) to increase bus fares," he said. 

The train fares would increase from October 01, the Railway Department said. Although the minimum ticket price of Rs 10 will remain the same, the distance one can go with that ticket has been reduced to seven kilometres from 10.

Fuel prices have been increased with effect from midnight September 10. With the revision the price of Petrol 92 Octane increased from Rs 145 to Rs 149, Petrol 95 increased from Rs 157 to Rs 161, Auto Diesel increased from Rs 118 to 123 and Super Diesel increased from Rs 130 to 133.

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