Private bus owners have warned that bus fares would be increased even without approval from the National Transport Commission (NTC).
Private bus owners have requested for a 15% increase in bus fares and for the minimum fare to be increased from Rs. 6 to Rs.8.
Head of the Private Bus Operators Association (PBOA) Gemunu Wijeyratne has told the media that the bus owners had the legal right to increase bus fares even without NTC approval.
Wijeyratne has said the government has been given time till the end of May to permit a bus fare hike.
He has said that if the government does not respond positively by end of May, the private bus owners would increase the fare.