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Grassroots group fights Yangon motorbike ban

Arbitrary treatment from traffic police has inspired a campaign by a community group to have the motorbike ban in Yangon lifted, a move that has the support of some MPs. CCTV installer Ko Win Kyaw Maung feared his newly-bought motorbike would be impounded when a traffic policeman stopped him in Yangon’s North Dagon Township earlier […]

Myanmar to introduce card payment system with buses operating in Yangon

YANGON, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) — Myanmar’s Yangon Bus Service (YBS) is projecting to implement a card payment system to replace the present cash box system to facilitate passengers in taking buses, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Thursday. Within the next nine months, the YBS is planning to change the present system to […]

Yangon government takes first move to bring Reuters to court

The Yangon government has filed a complaint against international news agency Reuters before the Myanmar Press Council over a report about the alleged lack of transparency in the procurement of buses, a senior member of the council said Tuesday. The Yangon government’s move was the first step in hauling Reuters to court, according to legal […]

Taxis to be reduced by half in Myanmar’s Yangon

Myanmar’s Yangon regional authorities are planning to reduce the number of taxis running in the city by half in an effort to ease the current heavy traffic jam, an official of the Yangon Region Transport Administration told Xinhua Tuesday. At present, there are over 66,000 taxis operating in the city. As part of its efforts […]

Buses from China and South Korea to arrive in mid December

Buses ordered from China and South Korea to run in public bus lines will arrive in mid December, it is learnt from the All Private Bus Lines Control Committee. To gear up for public bus lines, a fleet of 210 buses from China and 202 buses from South Korea were purchased under contract. The buses […]

Five firms selected for bus import plan

Authorities hope the BRT lite plan will bring order out of the near-chaos of Yangon’s multiple privately owned buses in competition with each other. Plans call for a November launch for system. Six companies had originally signalled interest in supplying buses, though five were ultimately chosen, of which four are also investors in the system. […]

Buses Suspended for Lacking Cameras

More than 60 bus lines operating out of Aung Mingalar Bus Terminal have been suspended because of failing to install CCTV cameras, an official from the Yangon region’s supervisory committee for motor vehicles, commonly known as MaHtaTha, said. “More than 60 bus lines have not installed CCTV cameras. We have repeatedly warned them before suspending […]

Thousands of buses sit idle as drivers flee traffic jams

Life on the buses is getting too hard, bus owners are warning. Drivers are leaving in droves, exhausted by the increasing congestion and aggression they experience, losing money because of reduced opportunities to pick up passengers, and aware of greener pastures elsewhere. All of this means more misery for the commuting public. Normally, drivers would […]

How can we solve Yangon’s traffic problems?

The chaotic traffic in Yangon appears to worsen every day while attempts to solve the problem remain stuck, placing commuters’ lives and livelihoods in increasingly greater jeopardy. Commuters are forced to waste valuable time in transit. The affects those working in the transportation sector worst of all. Bus line owners complain of the declining the […]

Burmese Gas Firm Official Confirms Plans for Doubling of CNG Price

YANGON — The price of compressed natural gas (CNG), which is used in almost all public buses and many taxis in Yangon, will rise by 100 percent, but likely not until sometime next year, an official from the Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise says, denying local media reports that the price hike would take place […]