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Private bus fares will go up by around 15 percent from October 1, in response to the government’s decision to raise diesel prices by Rs. 8.00 last Friday. Private bus fares will go up by around 15 percent from October 1, in response to the government’s decision to raise diesel prices by Rs. 8.00 last Friday. Operators had threatened to pull out their busses from Wednesday, if the government failed to raise fares.

Starting Friday, the minimum bus fare goes up Rs. 0.50 to Rs. 4.00. Fares between Rs. 6.00 and Rs. 27.00 cost a rupee more, while tariffs above Rs. 28.00 go up by about six percent.

Private buses that control over 80 percent of the road mass transport sector in Sri Lanka, were allowed to raise prices by eight percent in September. Minimum fares went up to Rs. 3.50 (from Rs. 3.00), though operators had asked for Rs. 4.00.

Currently there are 18,000 privately owned and 6,000 odd state owned busses plying Sri Lankan roads.