Over 1,600 taxis register with YRTA under new deadline

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Taxis run in downtown Yangon. Photo: Phoe Khwar

over 1,600 of the 5,000 taxis which had failed to register or renew their registration earlier have applied for and have been granted registrations and renewals under the extended deadline, said U Hla Aung, the joint-secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority.
The deadline for those who had failed to register their city taxis or renew their registration had been extended to 30 September. Those taxis which had failed to register within the earlier deadline were notified of their licenses being revoked according to rules and regulations, according to the YRTA.
Following the notification of the extended deadline, 501 taxis were registered and 1,111 taxi owners renewed their registration between 12 July and 6 August, said U Hla Aung.
“Earlier, over 100-200 taxis applied for registration per day. Now, only 60-80 taxis come to register,” he added.
City taxi registrations were started in 2002 to bring transport services on par with Yangon’s image as a commercial hub and for regulating the taxi service.
The YRTA was formed on 8 July, 2016 to improve transport facilities in Yangon for the convenience of the public. The authority is carrying out city taxi registration.
In a bid to ensure traffic discipline, the YRTA, through an announcement in state-owned newspapers, had asked city taxis to register with the authority by 31 December, 2017.
However, for some reason, the registration period was extended to 31 January, 2018. Some taxis tried to register on the last day, but their registration could not be completed, and they were allowed to complete the process by 6 April, 2018.
Still, more than 5,000 taxis remained to be registered or needed to get their registration renewed. So, the transport authority notified the extended deadline of 30 September.
At present, there are 67,085 registered city taxis in Yangon Region, according to data from the YRTA.
By Nyein Nyein(Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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