A limited number of Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) and National Transport Commission (NTC) buses and trains would maintain limited inter- provincial operation from 01 August, State Minister of Transport, Dilum Amunugma said.
The State Minister said that certified documents issued by the respective depot superintendents and the letters of approval by the NTC were mandatory, he added.
“The buses and trains will be permitted to operate only in the morning and in the evening for office workers,” Amunugma said.
The State Minister added that passengers should behave responsibly when using the inter-provincial transport services and understand that those services were only for commuters engaged in essential services.
“The Delta variant is spreading rapidly. If one infected passenger travels in a bus, all other commuters will contract it” he warned.
The Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) has decided to make proof of vaccination compulsory for interprovincial travel from 01 August
LPBOA President Gemunu Wijeratne said they had written to the President and Transport Minister asking for permission to enforce it.
Wijeratne said that all bus operators in the Western Province should ensure they were inoculated by August 15.