Local News Update: The government decided to provide restroom facilities for long-distance bus drivers and passengers, announced yesterday by the Ministry of Passenger Transport Management. The decision follows the results of a research carried out under the supervision of the National Transportation Commission, according to ministry sources.
According to research findings, most of the fatal accidents outside Colombo City occurred due to the negligence of private and Sri Lankan Transport Board (SLTB) bus drivers, who very often operate under tiredness.
A meeting was held at the Ministry premises led by Passenger Transportation Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera on the prevention of accidents to provide better transportation facilities for passengers.
It has been confirmed that long-distance bus drivers and passengers do not get adequate rest due to a lack of facilities in or out of Colombo.
The government has therefore agreed to provide full-fledged restroom facilities for the passengers and drivers of long-distance private and SLTB buses. Minister Amaraweera suggested that the restroom facilities be built near the Bastian Mawatha Private bus stand. Given that the entire area will become a Transportation Hub and the facilities for the rest of the room will be built as a temporary measure. It will include fully air-conditioned bins, canteen, sanitary facilities, and other services.
Minister Amaraweera said the facilities for the rest of the room will be set up within a month.