Public buses and taxis lack full insurance

Long-distance buses – including those that ply the notorious “Death Highway” between Yangon and Mandalay – lack sufficient insurance coverage, insurance officials say. They have embarked on a campaign to persuade bus companies to take out insurance so they can compensate passengers for their injuries in the event of an accident, and say that many […]

Burma’s capital: a super-sized slice of post-apocalypse suburbia

Driving through Naypyidaw, the purpose-built capital of Burma, it could be easy to forget that you’re in the middle of one of south-east Asia’s poorest countries. On either side of the street, a seemingly endless series of giant detached buildings, villa-style hotels and shopping malls look like they have fallen from the sky, all painted […]

Road Safety: The most important thing is law enforcement

Import liberalisation since 2011 has resulted in a massive increase in the number of vehicles on Myanmar’s roads and a corresponding sharp rise in traffic accidents. Figures released by the Myanmar Police Force and the World Health Organisation show the number of reported road accident fatalities in 2013 was 13,907. That’s a death rate of […]

Govt Calls for Foreign Investment in ‘Death Highway’ Upgrade

YANGON — The Ministry of Construction has unveiled plans to seek domestic and foreign investment for an upgrade of the Yangon-Mandalay highway, a stretch of road known locally as the ‘Death Highway’ for its high incidence of traffic accidents and fatalities. On Sunday, the ministry called for expressions of interest to be submitted by Jan. […]

Seven firms face fines if ‘Death Highway’ is not repaired on schedule

The seven companies hired to upgrade Myanmar’s notorious “death highway” will be fined if they do not complete their work on schedule, Soe Tint, deputy minister of construction told Parliament yesterday. The deputy minister also admitted he had seen no evidence that any of the companies, which include some of Myanmar’s largest conglomerates, had started […]