The Seemasahitha Badulla Magee Pravahana Samagama has complained to the Court of Appeal that since Sept. 2014, the Sri Lanka Transport Board has operated omnibuses along the Colombo-Badulla route outside the scheduled time table issued by the National Transport Commission.

It had resulted in confusion among other omnibus operators causing speeding, rivalry and accidents while running passenger buses along this route. The lives of the passengers had been endangered, the petitioner argued.

The transport company has requested the Court of Appeal to issue a mandatory order on the SLTB to obtain the prescribed Passenger Transport Permits and the time tables, from the National Transport Commission, if the SLTB intended to run buses along the route. The petition has said that the SLTB should follow the state policy which said that 60% of the permits should be for the private sector and the rest to the SLTB.

On July 6, the petition was supported in court. Notice was issued on the National Transport Commission, the SLTB and few others returnable on Aug. 6, 2015.

Rajiv Amarasuriya appeared with Samantha de Soysa and Chathurani Jayasena instructed by Amarasuriya Associates for the petitioner.

The Deputy Solicitor General Vikum de Abrew appeared for the respondents.

The bench comprised Justice Vijith K. Malalgoda, the President of the Court of Appeal.