CPC will pay bus owners compensation
Aug 7, 2012
The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has agreed to pay compensation for the damage caused to private and SLTB buses due to the use of substandard diesel fuel, the National Transport Commission (NTC) said yesterday. NTC Chairman Roshan Gunawardena said that the CPC had agreed to pay compensation on account of buses that had been damaged due to the use of substandard fuel. He said it was uncertain of the terms of payment, but the CPC had decided to pay.

The Chairman did not know how many complaints had been made by bus owners as most of these had been made directly to the CPC.

Private Transport Minister C.B Ratnayake said that the ministry was willing to extend its support to the private bus owners whose buses had been damaged, if the CPC accepted that the cause of the damage was the use of low quality diesel fuel.

The Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) said however that the union had not yet been informed of such a decision by the CPC or the ministry. LPBOA Chairman Gemunu Wijeratne said that the private bus operators had requested a meeting with Mr. Ratnayake today to discuss the issue.

He said that, even if the CPC had agreed to pay, it would be necessary to discuss the modalities. been unloaded at the Colombo Port even after lab tests done locally failed to identify any contamination. He said he was awaiting the report by the threemember committee appointed by Dr. Samaratunga to look into the latest incident of contaminated diesel imported through a Singaporean supplier.

Source: Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka