Bus owners request passenger vaccine card
- Makes request to Prez to issue pass
- Inter-provincial travel to commence on 1 Aug.
BY Dinitha Rathnayake
The Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) informed that while it is ready to commence inter-provincial travel, the Government should issue a Covid-19 vaccine card for passengers.
Speaking to The Morning, LPBOA President Gemunu Wijeratne said that they had made a request in writing to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stating that a Covid-19 vaccine card be provided for those who have been administered both doses of Covid-19 vaccines.
He also requested the Government to issue this identification card as proof of vaccination, so that such a document would be treated as a pass for inter-provincial travel.
“This Covid-19 vaccine card is compulsory for inter-provincial travel from 1 August because there is a huge risk due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Wijeratne further added that the majority of the drivers and conductors in the Western Province have been vaccinated while all drivers and conductors in the Southern Province have been completely vaccinated.
Meanwhile, Vehicle Regulation, Bus Transport Services and Train Compartments, and Motor Car Industry and Community Police Services State Minister Dilum Amunugama has said that inter-province bus services would resume on 1 August.
Sri Lankan authorities suspended inter-provincial bus and train services with effect from 17 July to 1 August.
Amunugama, speaking to the media on 16 July, said that several buses were added to the service between provinces for the benefit of personnel attached to essential services; however, it was impossible to transport these passengers in accordance with the health guidelines.