Bus Drivers Under Scrutiny

The Highway Police Force is warning bus drivers without a nga licence, meant for those operating large vehicles, to stay off the Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw-Mandalay highway. A plan is in the works to ban drivers without the appropriate licences, Police Major Yan Naung Oo told The Myanmar Times yesterday. “Bus and bus line owners should […]

Myanmar car importers struggle to survive

MYANMAR car importers are fretting that auto sales will continue to drop until the end of 2017 if the government does not come up with a clear, comprehensive auto policy. Soe Tun, president of the Myanmar Automobile Manufacturers and Distributors Association and chief executive of Farmer Auto Showroom, said importers were waiting for the policy […]

Local firm plans Daewoo bus factory in Yangon

Myanmar Coach Centre, the local distributor for Daewoo buses, plans to build a factory in Yangon that could start producing coaches and city buses by 2018, its managing director said. The company, which sells minibuses and coaches for tours, imported 15 Daewoo city buses earlier this year for Yangon’s Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system, the […]

Public buses and taxis lack full insurance

Long-distance buses – including those that ply the notorious “Death Highway” between Yangon and Mandalay – lack sufficient insurance coverage, insurance officials say. They have embarked on a campaign to persuade bus companies to take out insurance so they can compensate passengers for their injuries in the event of an accident, and say that many […]

Vehicle substitution announcement deflates Yangon’s car market

Sales in Yangon’s vehicle market have slumped after the Road Transport Administration Department (RTAD) issued a statement permitting the import of trucks if pickups and light-trucks are revoked as part of a regional substitution scheme, veteran car brokers say. The statement, issued by the RTAD on 26 July, has reportedly deflated the region’s car market […]

Showroom owners call for clear automobile import policy

Confusion over car import policy could put off foreign investors, showroom owners are warning. They say investors who want to introduce new vehicles are unable to do so because of frequent changes in the rules. Partly as a means of reducing traffic congestion in Yangon, the last government required importers to prove they had enough space […]

New joint venture to bring order to Yangon bus chaos

The Yangon Region government is forming a new public-private partnership (PPP) company, as part of a city-wide reform of the chaotic public transport system. Bus line owners are eagerly awaiting the overhaul, but want the authorities to provide infrastructure and financial aid to help them manage the shift. The government set up a public-private sector […]

Thousands of car imports approved

A new government-led supervisory committee has released around 14,000 cars that had been held at Myanmar’s borders after an informal ban on vehicle imports was imposed last December. When the last vehicle import supervisory committee was disbanded at the end of last year, thousands of cars bound for Myanmar were held up, commerce minister U […]

Driving Test Cheaters to Face Penalty

People who cheat on driving licence tests will be punished with a penalty of up to a three month ban from taking the test, the Road Transport Administration Department said. The penalty scheme is aimed to decrease cheating on driving licence tests. Many people are trying to cheat on the tests without studying the traffic […]

Government backtracks on vehicle import policies

Bowing under pressure from dealers and sellers, the government has relaxed its new vehicle import policies for the coming year. The changes will come as a relief to importers, who had deemed policies announced in mid-December too strict, and had asked President U Thein Sein to consider an amendment. The unpopular regulations announced in December […]