Licences of buses which violated guidelines to be cancelled

Monday, 20 April 2020

The Ministry of Transport Management has decided to cancel the licences of all buses that had violated the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health, while operating in areas in which the curfew was relaxed today.

Guidelines were issued for public transportation, including buses and trains, to be followed when recommencing operations in line with the relaxing of the curfew in 18 districts today.

However, images on social media showed buses violating the health guidelines issued by the Ministry of Transport Management as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Sri Lanka.

As a result, Minister of Transport Management Mahinda Amaraweera has instructed officials to take legal action against bus drivers and conductors who had failed to follow the Ministry’s health guidelines, the Government information department said.

Provincial Transport Authorities have been instructed to take necessary action with regard to both private and state buses that operated in violation of the Ministry’s instructions, he said. Minister Amaraweera pointed out that however in Kandy, the Ministry’s health guidelines were followed by bus and train operators