Western Province Road Passenger Transport Authority said yesterday new laws would be introduced from April 1 to make it compulsory to paint private buses in blue.
They would be provided a grace period of two months from April 1 to remove additional items such as stickers, paintings, sound systems and extra horns. Since multi-coloured private buses with colourful stickers have resulted in several accidents, as the bus drivers in other buses get drawn to these distractions
It is mandatory to have a suitable environment for passengers to travel in private buses in the Western Province that seats should be provided for pregnant women, clergy and disabled persons.
About 6,000 private buses operate on 475 bus routes in the Western Province alone.
At the end of the grace period, legal action would be taken against those violating the new laws. It may result in cancelling or suspending the route permits.
Daily Mirror by (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)