Some bus associations have declared that they will neither go for nor support a strike. A media briefing was summoned in Colombo against a protest organized by a certain bus association demanding a fare hike.
Lanka Private Passenger Transport Employees Association President B.N. Perera said what the associations needed was to put the commuters as well as the bus owners and employees into difficulty for a rupee or two. They wish to emphatically state that their association and the workers are with the people, and do not extend support for the strike. He called on the inter-provincial drivers to transport commuters to Colombo according to their wishes. He said drivers and conductors of their association were prepared to operate buses. He added that a majority was averse to the one rupee increase.
Chairman of the Western Provincial Council Piyasena Dissanayake said as reported by the media, some private buses have decided to go for a strike. He said this is unreasonable. They had spoken to the Sri Lanka Transport Board and made a request to strengthen their services. Also, there are small associations for different routes. He said they had given an assurance to continue operations as the demands made are unreasonable.