Asia Frontier Capital Research Trip To Yangon In Myanmar

My last trip to Yangon was a little over two years ago. When arriving at the airport nothing has changed since then – just the immigration staff became more efficient – or maybe their computers are newer and thus faster? Last time it took the staff over 5 minutes to handle one person and fortunately […]

MAMDA Eyes to Organise Standalone Auto Traders

The Myanmar Automobile Manufacturers and Distributors Association (MAMDA) has opened a regional sub association for Yangon region in a bid to develop a more organised auto trading sector with the participation of the public. Although many people in Myanmar engage in auto dealing as middlemen, only a few are fully informed about the fast changing […]

Regulations and Price Reduced for Yangon City Taxis

The regulations and price for the registration of City Taxies have been reduced, according to an official from auto regulatory body Ma Hta Tha. U Hla Aung, chairman of Ma Hta Tha, said that registration and renewal fees cost K3,000 for registration and an additional charge K11,500 for taking photos and adhering stickers previously, but […]

Local Firm Develops New Taxi Hailing App

A local software development company, Synapse, has developed a phone app that can help passengers find shared taxi rides. The application, named Hoho Dede, meaning ‘here and there’ in Burmese, is currently only available for Android, and will allow passengers to find each other to hail taxis together. “The passenger needs to turn on GPS […]

Yangon at a standstill: Traffic congestion is choking Burma’s former capital

“In 2012, it used to take 30 minutes to go from the airport to China Town [in the city center], now it takes one hour, sometimes one hour and a half,” says Tin Hla, a taxi driver working in Yangon, Burma’s former capital. As he stands next to its car trying to grab the attention […]

Taxi drivers say traffic and rain forces fare increase

Last week, the head of Yangon’s transportation regulator revealed that unscrupulous bus conductors were demanding extra money from passengers at night, in heavy rain, or in congestion. U Hla Aung, chair of the Yangon Region Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles, better known by its Myanmar acronym Ma Hta Tha, said overcharging was the most common […]

Small spike in taxi registrations

A publicity campaign by Yangon Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles to register taxis has had some effect, though there is a long way to go until the city’s estimated 55,131 taxis are registered, said committee chair U Hla Aung. In the month of January about 290 taxis registered, leading the committee – which is commonly […]