No easy break for Yangon’s bus system

A litany of woes besets Yangon’s buses, say owners and observers, and the situation is likely to get worse. Falling income, rising costs, staff shortages, police crackdowns, restrictions on fuel access, an ageing fleet and all-day congestion are conspiring to make bus travel in Myanmar’s largest city even worse. Bus owners who want to sell […]

Suspensions meted out on two bus lines after fatal crashes

Line number 245 and the Lion bus line were both slammed with suspensions at the beginning of the month. The buses that were involved in the accidents were taken out of the loop altogether for six months, but to avoid grinding commutes to a standstill, the Yangon Region government is allowing the companies to each […]

No let-up in illegal bus fare hikes

Fare-gouging is the worst problem in Yangon public transport, the head of the region’s transportation regulatory body said yesterday. Passengers are complaining that they are sometimes charged double the posted fare at night, or in heavy congestion. U Hla Aung, chair of the Yangon Region Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles, better known by its Myanmar […]

Motorcycle repair shops dodge Yangon ban

More disconcerting, though, is the traffic. Motorcycles are outlawed from Yangon’s urban townships, markedly changing the manner of traffic in the city from the rest of Myanmar, and most of Southeast Asia. Yet there are a few motorbikes to be seen. Many are used for law enforcement, while some are driven outside the rules. To […]