The Private Bus Operators Association and the Inter Province Bus Owners Association have come forward to re-transport of plastic crates used to transport of fruits and vegetables.
A discussion was held with the Minister of Private Transport, C.B Ratnayake on Thursday at the Ministry of Private Transport.
About 50 per cent of the private buses operated in the country belong to these two associations. The associations have agreed to transport the empty crates for a minimum price.
Each bus could transport about 100 empty crates in one trip. These empty crates will be transported to any part of the country, and it would solve the problems faced by farmers and traders to get back their empty crates. The new measure will benefit farmers as well as bus owners.
The Associations have also agreed to operate a courier service for the transport of goods and parcels.
A spokesman for the associations has said that they will be able to hand over the goods and parcels to the stipulated destinations with responsibility.
Meanwhile, the Minister has assured the associations that stern action will be taken against private buses that operate without permits.
The Minister has said that under no circumstance, a bus found to have violated the permit rules will be issued a permit, and the Ministry will take full responsibility to mete out punishment to such violators.