In order to minimize the instances of bus crews breaking traffic laws and causing inconvenience and problems to bus commuters and the public, the National Transport Commission has decided to introduce a points system for both the private and CTB bus crews, Chairman of the Commission Dr. Amal Kumarage told `The Isalnd` yesterday (1).
He said the continuing abuse of traffic laws by bus crews had created a `no law and order` situation in the bus transport system that had resulted in poor service to the public. The government was not satisfied with the bus transport service and a hotline on telephone number 2595555 is available for the public to complain about errant bus crews 24 hours a day.
`We have also started a training programme and already 8,000 members of long distance bus crews have already registered with the Commission to undergo training. The commission will give a two-day intensive training course especially to long distance bus crews who are by far the most errant among the road transport system,` he said adding `Already 1,000 drivers have been trained at Galle, Kalutara and Matara and we believe those who had undergone training will not break the laws as much as those who have had no such training.`
He said that during the last year the Commission`s mobile law enforcement found as many as 1,000 drivers breaking the law among 13,000 long distance bus trips - one out of 13 - a very high rate. Most of the offences were speeding, overloading, charging fares over and above the legal fares, not stopping at certain bus halts and being rude to passengers.