Yangon gridlock

Than Htwe lives in Hlaing Tharyar, a sprawling township 20 kilometers west of central Rangoon, but his job is downtown. Every morning he wakes up in the early hours, quickly downs a cup of tea and rushes to the bus stop at 6:30 so he can get to his workplace by 9 o’clock. He meets […]

Car import business marred by fraudulent dealings

However, the chief of the unit, U Myint Cho, said the rate of importation had fallen from about 20,000 per month last year to the single-figure thousands this year. “From that point of view the system has been reasonably successful,” he said. Alarmed at the almost constant congestion that developed in Yangon following the liberalisation […]

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 […]

Tyred out: importers say tax policy favours used cars

Almost all of the cars imported to Myanmar last year were second-hand, due to a high tax on brand-new vehicles. The government should reconsider its policy relating to the import of new cars, say businesspeople. “As far as I know, most Myanmar citizens import used cars. According to the records from last year, brand new […]

CNG refuelling station to open on Yangon’s outskirts

Vehicles forbidden to enter Yangon will now be able to refuel on the outskirts, the energy ministry has decided. In a May 22 statement, the ministry announced plans to open a filling station about 35 kilometres (21 miles) north of the city at Htaukkyant for vehicles fuelled by natural gas. More than 1 million cubic […]

More Chinese caught stealing timber in Myanmar

More Chinese citizens have been arrested for illegal logging and 4,529 logs were seized in Waimaw, Kachin State, according to officials from the state’s Forestry Department. “We made more arrests. Another eight Chinese nationals were arrested along with a seizure of 4,529 logs which were due to be smuggled. We also seized 11 logging vehicles,” […]

Govt to Tighten Car Import License Requirements

YANGON — Per January 1, the Ministry of Commerce will require car importers to apply for import licenses prior to shipping as part of a government effort to reduce the storage of vehicles at Thilawa Port, state media announced on Wednesday. Thousands of cars have been parked for months at the port area because importers […]

Who to blame when you are stuck in traffic jam or facing parking problems

YANGON- A total of 618,663 vehicles have been registered in Myanmar until September this year. Among them, more than 410,000 vehicles were registered in Yangon Region, according to the website of the Department of Road Transport Administration. What’s happened to Yangon with over 400,000 vehicles? Yangon has only over 410,000 vehicles. In spite of the […]

Traffic Police Superintendent Lt-Col Lin Htut: ‘Road users should obey the traffic rules’

Since Myanmar opened in 2011, a relaxation of vehicle import rules has resulted in an extra 300,000 vehicles on the country’s roads. The influx of cars and trucks, mainly second-hand vehicles from Japan, has created congestion on Yangon’s streets and challenges for traffic management. Mizzima Business Weekly’s Hans Hulst spoke to Police Lieutenant-Colonel Lin Htut, […]

Overpasses fail to solve Yangon’s traffic congestion

Yangon authorities are being criticised for the costly construction of overpasses, as traffic snarl is getting worse in Myanmar’s biggest city though three overpasses are completed. “Some overpasses are completed but traffic jam is here. The government can do better,” lamented MP Dr Nyo Nyo Thin of Bahan Township Constituency (2). It is reported that […]