Private bus owners to file case against May 9 arson | Daily News

Private bus owners to file case against May 9 arson

Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) will file a case against those who attacked the buses during the countrywide tense situation that took place on May 9, LPBOA President Gemunu Wijeratne told Daily news yesterday. He said the bus owners have already lodged complaints with the police regarding the attacks on their buses that day.

He said the bus owners would not be able to claim the full value for their damaged buses from the respective insurance companies as some bus owners have to settle their leasing installments and also the present market value of a bus has increased by nearly 50 to 60 per cent.

A bus, which was about seven million rupees earlier is now valued at Rs.12 million, he said.

Wijerathne said some of the bus owners have no money even to hire a tow truck to bring their damaged buses home.

He said the LPBOA would have discussions with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to obtain permission to import second hand or re-conditioned buses from India or Japan under a tax relief as the bus owners are not in a position to purchase a new bus for their condemned buses at this moment.

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