Concerns from multiple parties emerge following Grab, Uber merger

Concerns are mounting from multiple parties after Grab, the taxi ride hailing company, officially announced the acquisition of rival Uber’s Southeast Asia operations on Monday. ‘‘We have reached an agreement to combine our business in Southeast Asia with Grab. In exchange, Uber will take up a 27.5 percent stake in the combined company. After investing […]

Concerned with personal safety, passengers opt for taxi service operators

More commuters opt for taxi service operators such as Grab and Uber in order to avoid the perceived risks associated with ordinary taxis. It is believed that the ride-hailing apps provide better safety and security for passengers. Meanwhile, some taxi drivers are anxious about their jobs as the industry is suffering from a vote of […]

Excel KC Myanmar to Provide Payment Services for YBS

Excel KC Myanmar Co has won a tender by the Yangon Regional Government to implement the Yangon Payment Services (YPS) cashless payment system on all Yangon Bus Service (YBS) buses this year. The company was selected over two other companies which were shortlisted by the Yangon Regional Government to provide the service. After conducting checks […]

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 […]

Acer, Excel Myanmar to Bring Cashless Fares to Yangon Bus System

YANGON — Nearly a month behind schedule, an ad hoc assessment board convened by the Yangon Region government has named Excel KC Myanmar the winner of a contract to implement a cashless payment system for the city’s public bus commuters. The regional government solicited bids in late August for the card payment platform, the Yangon […]

Yangon Govt Minister Defends Paying K10-Bn for 200 School Buses

​​ More than 10 billion kyat had to be spent to purchase 200 school buses for Yangon city, said Nilar Kyaw, Yangon region minister for electricity, industry and transport. “Of the over 6,000 million kyat handed over by the former All Bus Lines Control Committee (Ma-Hta- Tha), over 1 billion kyat was spent on giving […]

Despite High Operating Costs, CEO of Yangon’s New Bus System Remains Optimistic

YANGON— Dubbed one of the first big reforms made by the National League for Democracy government in Myanmar’s financial hub Yangon, a new public transport system known as the Yangon Bus System (YBS) will turn one next month. The new system was aimed at replacing the former capital’s old bus service—the Rangoon Motor Vehicles Supervisory […]

Return of shared taxi service to heat up Yangon market

The Yangon Regional Government is planning to allow the return of shared taxi services between the outskirts and Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon, said Daw Nilar Kyaw, Minister of Electricity, Industry, Transport and Communication. The move comes amid rising demand and is likely to introduce more competition in the Yangon taxi market. It is also […]

Myanmar to regulate ride-hailing companies

The Myanmar government is looking at coming out with regulations to govern the technology-based ride-hailing app space, seeking to provide a level playing field to the operators, according to DealstreetAsia. The report quoted Nilar Kyaw, Minister of Electricity, Industry, Transport & Communication saying at the regional Parliament earlier this month that the Road Transport Administration […]

Wanted: Female bus drivers in Yangon for a safer ride

YANGON — Ms Ma Myat Yi Mon is the only female driver for Yangon Bus Service (YBS) – and she has provided a welcome change for passengers. Having long put up with rude, vulgar and reckless male drivers they called for more women behind the wheel. The authorities agreed and the YBS’s governing body, the […]