Yangon cabs change to delivery service under ’new normal’

Yangon taxi drivers are delivering goods for delivery businesses due to a dwindling number of passengers caused by the COVID-19 movement restrictions in the city, several drivers said on October 20.

After the recent scrapping of the QR pass system by Yangon Region, most taxi drivers are back on the road now.

“Most taxies are running again in the city now, but there are far fewer passengers than before. They connect with passengers by phone and run when they have a fare.

They drive regular customers daily, and deliver food and things between townships, as the delivery business is very popular. We find delivery businesses online and tell them our fees depending on the distance. This works well, and helps many taxi drivers earn a living,” said U La Pyae Ko Ko, secretary of the Taxi Drivers Union.

Cab owners also reduced their cab hiring fees by half for drivers.

“The hiring fee was K13,000 to K15,000 for CNG vehicles before, but now it’s K8000. For petrol vehicles, the fee is K5000 a day compared to K10,000 before. As online businesses are booming, taxi drivers now carry deliveries from 9:30am to 5pm, and earn K20,000 or K30,000 a day,” said taxi driver U Thein Aung.

According to the Road Transport Administration Department, there are more than 90,000 registered taxis in Yangon.

Source : Myanmar Times

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