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Mandalay to regulate motorbike taxis, three-wheelers

Mandalay city authorities will enforce strict regulation of motorbike taxis and three-wheeled vehicles, a regional legislator said.

While the motorbike taxis and three-wheelers help residents get around the city, they have become unruly and are operating without licences, said MP U Aung Kyaw Moe, an MP for Meiktila township.

“Unlicensed vehicles should not be allowed to provide mass transportation,” he said. “Supervision is needed. Three-wheelers must have licences or they won’t be allowed to pick up passengers. Some three-wheelers violate the traffic rules,” he added.

He said they turn street corners without slowing down, and pass other vehicles on the wrong side, putting their passengers, other motorists, and pedestrians in danger.

He said he will propose a law in regional parliament to regulate these vehicles, if necessary.

Mandalay Mayor U Ye Lwin said that a committee set up to inspect the import documents of three-wheelers had not done its job properly.

He said some transport companies, like Grab and O-way, train their drivers, but others need more supervision.

“There are more than 6200 licensed three-wheeled bikes in Mandalay district,” U Ye Lwin said.

U Zarni Aung, regional minister for Electricity, Energy and Construction, said a team of officials from the Road Transport Administration Department, traffic police, township police, ward administration, motor vehicle import committee, and Fire Department conducts random checks of these vehicles.

“We conducted 532 inspections from January to August and took action against 1460 vehicles for violations,” he said.

Source: Myanmar Times

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