Secondhand car sales resume in Yangon

Since COVID-19 cases were first detected in Myanmar in late March local car sales took a hit. Used car sales from Japan, however, have seen increased transactions leading up to the end of April. “The automobile market came to a halt when the first cases of COVID-19 were reported. As the Road Transport Administration Department […]

RTAD to issue Form D slips for old modified vehicles; allow owners to replace them

The Road Transport Administration Department (RTAD) is planning to issue Form D slips to owners of old, modified vehicles so they can import new vehicles to replace them, according to U Lian Cin Mang, also known as Ngam Khai Pa Pa, the director of the department. “Vehicle modification is not allowed under the vehicle law. […]

Despite Over 30,000 Registered at YRTA, Many Have Yet to Sign Up

​​ Over 30,000 vehicles have been registered as city taxis at the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) up to January 2 but thousands are expected to remain outside the list. The YRTA announced in November 2017 that all taxis must register by the end of December as the last date. In total, 7,880 taxis were registered […]

All Yangon Taxis have Until Year-End to Register Their Vehicles

The Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) officially announced that all taxis must register as city taxis before January 1. The announcement was made through the state-owned newspaper on November 12. Taxis in Yangon are privately owned and there are no regulations limiting their activities so far. Since late 2016, Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein […]

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 […]