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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

RTAD rules out right-hand-drives

Vehicle prices may be set to rise next year as the government moves to reduce the number of right-hand- drive cars on the roads, importers and dealers say. The new import rules for 2016 issued by the Road Transport Administration Department will oblige a wide range of importers, including nearly all government staff, to import […]

Home Made Vehicle Ploy Comes to an End

The Road Transport Administration Department (RTAD) said that there has been no instruction regarding the fate of locally assembled vehicles, as it awaits a government decision to restart issuing import permits in exchange for locally-assembled cars. Vehicles older than 20 years can be exchanged for permission to import a new car under a car exchange […]

Higher traffic fines expected later this year

Traffic authorities have started to respond to the many critics who have spoken out about the problems caused by the huge influx of new cars on the streets of Yangon and Mandalay. Since restrictions on the importation of cars were relaxed in 2011, the arrival of several million vehicles has caused congestion and a sharp […]