Wijeratne said that although he agreed to the decision as a concept, an alternative payment system needed to be introduced as well.
Private bus owners say that there are several practical issues they face that needs to be addressed.
Will implement it as a law
Minister Amaraweera had said that the decision to limit the number of passengers to the number of seats would be implemented as a law in the future.
Minister Amaraweera had pressed his point, saying that commuters who purchase tickets had the right to travel safely in a seat.
He added that the decision was taken to back social distancing laws imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic.