School Van Assocn requests for better facilities from Megapolis Ministry
Public toilets and better parking facilities were some of the demands put forward by the All Ceylon School Van Association during a discussion held at the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development yesterday. Speaking to the
, the head of the Association Malshri de Silva said school vans and buses paid Rs.600 (vans) and Rs. 1,000 (buses) as parking fee to the Colombo municipality.
“As we pay a fee we believe that we are entitled to several facilities including proper washrooms and better parking facilities.”
Drivers and attendants, most of whom were women, were inconvenienced by the lack of public toilets and were often left to the mercy of facilities in schools.
“Some of the parking spots allocated for schools are sometimes too far from pick spots. This was another issue we are facing and therefore we have asked the ministry to look into these issues and provide a solution,” she said.
Corresponding to demands of the Association P. Dissanayake, Deputy Projects Director from the Ministry said, they were unable to provide a solution to any of the issues brought forward by the Association.
“We can’t construct the public toilets they request or provide them with better parking facilities. We can only hope to improve public transportation in the future which in turn will reduce the number of school vans and buses coming into the city each day.”
It is estimated that 500-800 school vans and buses enter Colombo each day.
School vans and buses paid Rs.600 (vans) and Rs. 1,000 (buses) as parking fee to the Colombo municipality