MOHT trials transportation of foreigners via red number-plated vehicles in southern Shan State

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has informed Myitmakha News Agency that with effect from October 1, they will begin a trial of allowing foreign passengers in southern Shan State to ride rental vehicles with red number plates.

Foreigners are presently allowed to ride blue number-plated vehicles within the parameters of municipal jurisdictions in otherstates and regions around Myanmar. But the absence of permission to cross municipal boundaries with such vehicles has prompted a trial of those vehicles with red number plates.

“It will be brought in slowly. For now, though, were still only at the discussion phase. One doesn’t need any permission if they’re just traveling around within the jurisdiction parameters of the Yangon City Development Committee for example. But if one wishes to travel from Yangon to Naypyidaw via rental vehicle, an application must be submitted to the ministry for permission to transport foreign nationals,” said U Tint Thwin, director general of the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism.

Drivers and vehicle owners will reportedly have to follow protocol of transporting foreigners with red number-plated vehicles after the number of vehicles with blue number plates are currently insufficient to capacitate transportation of the numbers of foreign tourists visiting Myanmar.

Talks are currently being held with state and regional governments concerned over the implementation of transporting foreigners with blue and red number- plated rental vehicles.

“In terms of developing the domestic tourist industry, if we only allow foreigners to travel via blue number-plated rental vehicles, we’ll find there won’t be enough such number plated vehicles at times when we see large influxes of foreign tourists to the country. It will require other vehicles to be used which won’t be inline with regulations. We’re submitting a proposal to the MoHT now in a bid to mitigate such from happening, said U Kyaw Min Htet, joint general-secretary of the Union of Myanmar Travel Association.

Source:Global New Light of Myanmar

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