Action taken in over 1,700 cases involving violations of YBS rules since Jan: YRTA

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Action has been taken in more than 1,700 cases pertaining to violations of Yangon Bus Service rules and regulations in the last one and a half months, said U Hla Aung, joint secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA).
“Traffic regulatory teams are checking and taking action against YBS bus lines found breaking rules and regulations. From 1 January to 15 February, the teams took action against 1,471 buses, while 248 letters of complaints were received from passengers, and three cases of buses crossing to other areas were reported,” he added.
“We receive more than 30 YBS complaints every day. The YBS, the main provider of public transport for Yangon’s inner-city commuters, has now completed over three years. However, some YBS drivers are still breaking the rules: they do not stop at bus stops and are collecting bus fares instead of letting passengers put the fare in the slot machines,” according to officials from the YRTA.
Therefore, the transport authority has issued smart cards to YBS drivers so that it will have the personal information of every driver. The YRTA hopes that this will make it easier for the authorities to deal with complaints or take action against undisciplined bus drivers. Currently, smart cards have been issued to more than 8,000 drivers. To reduce traffic accidents and ensure compliance with traffic rules and regulations, a YBS special driver’s training course was opened in July, 2017 by the YRTA and the Road Transport Administration Department (RTAD). As of now, 2,088 drivers have undergone such training courses. Most of them are currently employed with the YBS bus lines, according to the YRTA.
Earlier, the YBS special driver’s training courses could be attended by those holding a five-year (E) (Nga) driving license. Now, those who have a three-year driving license can apply for the courses.
The Yangon Bus Service was launched on 16 January, 2017 during the incumbent government’s term to improve transportation services in Yangon. At present, more than 100 bus lines are running 4,500 buses on 135 routes, along with the airport shuttle and the city transit. The number of daily commuters has been estimated at 1.8 million.(Translated by Hay Mar)

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