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Parking fees to be collected in downtown Yangon

Parking officials will collect fees from motorists, including governmental vehicles, in six downtown townships in Yangon to reduce traffic congestion, according to an announcement made by the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC)on March 3.

The Smart Car Parking system will be implemented in Lanmadaw, Latha, Pabaedan, Kyauktada, Botahtaung and Pazundaung. An expression of interest notice was issued earlier this year, and three companies out of a total of 26 were selected to take part in the pilot programme.

Fees for parking in these locations will be collected starting next week.

“We are conducting thepilot project in six townships in the city, and departmental vehicles will not be exempted,” said an official at the YCDC.

Markings are being made by three companies in Kyauktada, who have also installed poster boards displaying the parking fees for cars.

The fees included a rate for overnight stays, which attracted some criticism from residents on social media. In response to the criticism, Daw Kyi Pyar, MP from Kyauktada township constituency (1), authorised the YCDC to amend the rates.

“We’ve discussed the parking fee collection system in downtown townships, and it includes both roads as well as streets, but school buses for the children are not included. The parking fees won’t be collected from those who park at night,” Daw Kyi Pyar said.

The parking fee collection system was suspended under the U Thein Sein administration, and has been replaced by the current Smart Parking System. Parking fees range from between K200 and K500. – Translated

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Source : Myanmar Times

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