20,000 Yangon driving licences revoked

Yangon traffic police say officers at congested junctions are taking action against drivers using the wrong side of the road and have revoked more than 20,000 driving licences for violations. Major Myo Aung Myint said the public could inform on poor drivers, adding that violators could face up to one month in prison under the […]

Thousands of buses sit idle as drivers flee traffic jams

Life on the buses is getting too hard, bus owners are warning. Drivers are leaving in droves, exhausted by the increasing congestion and aggression they experience, losing money because of reduced opportunities to pick up passengers, and aware of greener pastures elsewhere. All of this means more misery for the commuting public. Normally, drivers would […]

Small spike in taxi registrations

A publicity campaign by Yangon Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles to register taxis has had some effect, though there is a long way to go until the city’s estimated 55,131 taxis are registered, said committee chair U Hla Aung. In the month of January about 290 taxis registered, leading the committee – which is commonly […]

Drivers welcome oil drop

Although 2014’s worldwide fall in crude oil prices has brought some relief for those filling their tanks in Yangon, local taxi drivers say they are yet to see as much of a price drop as expected. “It’s better than before, but I’m still not too happy that local prices haven’t dropped much in Myanmar,” said […]

Traffic Police Superintendent Lt-Col Lin Htut: ‘Road users should obey the traffic rules’

Since Myanmar opened in 2011, a relaxation of vehicle import rules has resulted in an extra 300,000 vehicles on the country’s roads. The influx of cars and trucks, mainly second-hand vehicles from Japan, has created congestion on Yangon’s streets and challenges for traffic management. Mizzima Business Weekly’s Hans Hulst spoke to Police Lieutenant-Colonel Lin Htut, […]