New Bus Fleet ‘to Improve Service’

A total of 1000 new passenger buses imported by the government have arrived to boost the services of the YBS bus lines, YRTA secretary U Maung Aung told The Myanmar Times. The additional buses are expected to further improve public transportation in the region, he added. ‘’We will add more buses in popular bus lines of […]

Expression of Interest for Developing Vehicle Registration by Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) System. Closing Date 10 March 2017

Subscribe to our Tender Alert. We send out email alert on Tender and EOI as it happens. THE REPUBLIC OF THE UNION OF MYANMAR, MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS EXPRESSION OF INTEREST TO CONSULTANT COMPANIES FOR DEVELOPING VEHICLE REGISTRATION BY RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) SYSTEM   In connection with economic growth of Myanmar, transport sector […]

Uber and Licensed Cabs to Replace Yangon Taxi Turmoil

​​ Now that the new Yangon Bus Service is underway, the regional government is turning its attention to the city’s taxis, and is hoping to have a system of licensed cabs to run side-by-side with Uber drivers, according to chief minister U Phyo Min Thein. The Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) has already started a […]

New Import Regs Send Car Prices Rocketing

​​ Car prices are set to rise, industry observers say, in the case of some popular models by as much as 100 percent. The increase, they say, is a consequence of the decisions taken by the government regarding the models to be imported in the coming year. On November 30, the Ministry of Commerce announced […]

Transport Authority Warns of Dangerous Modifications to Oil Tankers

Oil tankers with illegally-modified tanks will be banned from registering with the Road Transport Administration Department (RTAD) under a new plan aimed at curbing the dangerous practice. The new rules are designed to limit the number of owners undermining the safety of their trucks by stripping down the inside of their tanks to increase the amount of oil they […]

Taxi Count Needed Before Industry Reform

The Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) is undertaking a taxi census, as it attempts to rein in the largely unregulated industry. YRTA secretary U Maung Aung said a formal, standardised registration process will begin once they have taken stock of the city’s fleet. At present, Yangon taxis are operated by private owners and subject to […]

Rise in Car Insurance

There has been a spike in sales of comprehensive personal car insurance over the past year, according to local insurance industry representatives. Managing director of state-owned Myanma Insurance U Aye Min Thein told The Myanmar Times that the number of comprehensive car insurance customers had risen from 27,000 to 60,000 in the past 12 months. “But [this] […]

Days Numbered for BM Buses

Yangon’s rickety and ageing fleet of locally made and privately operated buses are gradually getting phased out amid tighter regulations, after years of accidents and customer complaints. The so-called “BM buses” are soon to come under the auspices of the Road Transport Administration Department (RTAD), Yangon Region Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles chair U Hla […]

Roadsters Told to Buckle up or Face Fines

Drivers be warned: Police will start enforcing a K30,000 (US$23) fine for not wearing a seatbelt starting on January 1. Yangon traffic police and AYA Myanmar Insurance launched an awareness campaign earlier this month in order to promote seatbelt usage, a long-neglected road safety measure. “According to international surveys, wearing a seatbelt while driving can reduce […]

Car Import Rules Too Restrictive For Some

Tighter government restrictions on imports, shortage of space and, just maybe, a cooling-off in Yangon’s love affair with the motor vehicle has led to the closure of several car showrooms. About 20 sales centres have applied to close their doors this month, the Ministry of Commerce has announced. The Yangon Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles […]