Bus drivers to be issued smart cards in June: YRTA

This photo shows YBS buses  on a busy road in downtown area of Yangon.   Photo: Phoe Khwar
This photo shows YBS buses on a busy road in downtown area of Yangon.  
Photo: Phoe Khwar

By Nyein Nyein

The Yangon Region Transport Authority will issue smart cards to drivers engaged with the Yangon bus service lines in June, said YRTA Managing Director U Aung Nyi Nyi Maw.
“The process has begun to provide smart cards to YBS drivers which will contain the drivers’ information. The smart cards are expected to be issued in June,” he said.
“The smart cards will have a QR code and barcode, which is important not only for bus drivers, but for the entire transportation industry. All drivers in the YBS network will receive smart cards. The smart cards will help inspectors scrutinize driver information easily. The YRTA maintains a database of all YBS drivers. The smart card system will make it easier to solve problems, including cases related to the termination of drivers and complaints against bus drivers,” he added.
At present, the transport authority is examining the smart card issuance processes, starting from the basic level, said U Hla Aung, joint secretary, YRTA.
“There have been some delays in issuing smart cards to bus drivers. We are now scrutinizing the process from the basic level, including a careful examination of driver’s licences at the Road Transport Administration Department. This is why some processes are facing a delay. The YRTA is now trying to issue smart cards as quickly as possible in order to maintain all records of bus drivers, which is also vital in case of road accidents. In some road mishaps, drivers flee the scene of the accident, which makes it difficult to identify them,” he added.
Thanks to the smart card system, the YRTA will be able to track drivers and it will become easy to know drivers’ employment history, such as which bus company they have worked at before and which company they have moved to, and their work experience.
According to data from the YRTA, the number of traffic-related cases this year was 982. Of these, 48 cases involved buses. 688 cases involved breaking of traffic rules, and 246 pertained to complaints against drivers.
(Translated by Khaing Thanda Lwin)

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