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 […]

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 […]

Passengers Complain After Bus Drivers Raise Fares

Passengers expressed concern and displeasure during an impromptu gathering on Tuesday over unauthorised fare increases on the Yangon-Thanlyin bus line from Ks300 to Ks500. Bus drivers on the Yangon-Thanlyin line were allegedly demanding extra charges, which caused a tense situation yesterday that prompted Daw Nilar Kyaw, Minister for Electrical Power, Industry and Transportation, an official […]

Can Rangoon’s Traffic Woes be Solved?

RANGOON — Dr. Maung Aung has the ambition to ease a shared source of suffering for Rangoon residents since 2011—traffic congestion—by the end of the year, implementing a series of changes from a computerized traffic control system to a drastically streamlined bus network. He is the secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA), formed […]

Suspensions meted out on two bus lines after fatal crashes

Line number 245 and the Lion bus line were both slammed with suspensions at the beginning of the month. The buses that were involved in the accidents were taken out of the loop altogether for six months, but to avoid grinding commutes to a standstill, the Yangon Region government is allowing the companies to each […]

Two bus lines partially suspended

Yangon bus riders are paying the price for two deadly accidents caused by reckless drivers earlier this year. Route numbers 51 and 57 were both partially suspended in response to the crashes, leading crowded lines to become only more cramped. The Yangon Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles, better known by its Myanmar-language acronym Ma Hta […]

Over One Third of Yangon Traffic Lights to be Upgraded

Tenders will be invited to upgrade Yangon’s old traffic lights as part of the process to solve the business capital’s worsening traffic congestion and to better enforce traffic rules, according to an official from the auto regulatory body Ma Hta Tha. Some traffic lights in use in Yangon operate on the urban electrical grid, and […]

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 […]

No let-up in illegal bus fare hikes

Fare-gouging is the worst problem in Yangon public transport, the head of the region’s transportation regulatory body said yesterday. Passengers are complaining that they are sometimes charged double the posted fare at night, or in heavy congestion. U Hla Aung, chair of the Yangon Region Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles, better known by its Myanmar […]

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 […]