Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) Chairman Gemunu Wijeratne announced yesterday (28th) that a period of seven days will be granted to outstation bus operators to remove any form of stickers or banners that are interpreted to be racist.
According to the motor Traffic Act, pasting stickers or holding banners on wind screen or rear window and on both front and back of the coach body are prohibited.
LPBOA Chairman noted that the Association has received complaints on certain racist stickers circulated widely these days, being displayed in private coaches running in Avissawella, Ratnapura, Embilipitiya and Kandy districts.
Elaborating on situation in the Capital, Gemunu Wijeratne said that Colombo bus owners are aware of the law and regulations which avoids them from pasting stickers.
He stated the decision was encouraged for LPBOA doesn’t wish to root another national conflict when nearly 0.9 billion commuters of all races travel in buses daily.
Provincial Councils and to the relevant transport authorities have been informed by LPBOA to remove racist stickers with immediate effect while the Police had been granted the full rights to remove such labels if the stickers were not removed within the given week.