Assistance provided in over 300 legal cases in 2019, post city taxi registrations: YRTA

Taxis run in downtown Yangon.  Photo: Phoe Khwar
Taxis run in downtown Yangon.  Photo: Phoe Khwar

By Nyein Nyein
On account of the systematic registration of city taxis, the Yangon Region Transport Authority provided assistance in more than 300 cases involving accidents, robbery, items reported missing from vehicles, and other criminal cases in 2019, said U Hla Aung, Joint Secretary of the YRTA.
“There have been many cases such as drivers fleeing sites of vehicle mishaps and other suspected crimes. We have assisted in all of these cases. We have been able to assist the authorities because of the systematic registration of city taxis,” said U Hla Aung.
“According to official statistics provided by the YRTA, we have provided assistance in 622 cases in 2017, 436 cases in 2018, and 308 cases in 2019 due to the registration of city taxis,” he added.
City taxi registrations began in 2002 to bring transport services on par with Yangon’s image as a commercial hub and for regulating taxi services. Earlier, the registration of city taxis was handled by the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). The YRTA was formed during the incumbent government’s term to improve transport facilities in Yangon for the convenience of the public.
There were 65,615 registered city taxis as of 31 December, 2019, according to the data from the YRTA.  (Translated by Hay Mar)

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