By Nyein Nyein
YRTA (Yangon Region Transport Authority) has extended the exemption of YBS companies from the contribution of daily management funds until 31 May, according to YRTA.
Previously, the YBS buses that are operating for the convenience of the commuters to travel within Yangon region were allowed not to contribute K4,000 per bus daily to the YRTA management funds from 27 March to 30 April. Now, YRTA has extended the exemption till 31 May to support the YBS buses.
Although 4,500 YBS buses were operating daily in Yangon region previously, there are only about 2,000 buses from 101 YBS bus line companies operating because of inconvenient situation such as fewer passengers and working drivers, according to YRTA.
“This being so, YRTA needs to support YBS buses in one way or another,” said YRTA Managing Director U Aung Nyi Nyi Maw.
YBS companies must report to the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) on their daily process such as applying for waivers and recording the routes as usual.
Moreover, YRTA is making efforts to solve the problems being faced by YBS buses under the supervision of the Yangon Region Government if the bus lines find it hard to overcome the problems.
Currently, YRTA is cooperating with YBS companies to prevent spreading of the coronavirus pandemic according to the guidelines and instructions issued by the Ministry of Health and Sports.
YBS companies are operating their buses daily as usual while YRTA exempts the YBS companies from the contribution of the daily management funds for the convenience of the passengers. In response to the coronavirus disease, YBS companies and the public are cooperating in such activities as promotion of health awareness campaign by putting stickers, distributing pamphlets and keeping hand sanitizers on board the buses, installing basins and placing soaps and ensuring systematic disposal of garbage near the bus stops and the railway stations.
At present, more than 100 bus lines are running 4,500 buses on 135 routes along with the airport shuttle and city transit. (Translated by Hay Mar)