Joint timetable, kiss of death for SLTB

– JVP union

By Dasun Edirisinghe

 A joint timetable for the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) and the private bus industry scheduled to be implemented from January 01 would lead to bigger losses to the state-run transport board, a JVP-led transport trade union claimed yesterday.

General Secretary of the All Ceylon Transport Workers Union (ACTWU) Sepala Liyanage told The Island that according to the timetable, the ratio of private to SLTB buses had been put down as 60:40.

He said that there were 25,000 private buses currently, but the SLTB had nearly 5,000. "If we are to meet the 40 percent share in the joint time table, the SLTB should have 16,666 buses," Liyanage said adding that if the SLTB buses that had broken down countrywide were repaired there would be around 2,000 more buses, he said.

As it was, the final result would be that the routes on which SLTB buses operate would be taken over by private bus operators and the SLTB’s daily income would further drop, he said.

The unionist said that normally, SLTB buses ran 900,000 km daily and on the basis of the joint time table, the SLTB cannot cover that dustance.

"Not only us, all trade unions in the SLTB have opposed the joint time table since 2005," Liyanage said, adding that the SLTB administration did not seek their views prior to introducing the joint timetable.

Liyanage said that his union had informed President Mahinda Rajapaksa, by letter, of the situation.

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