By Nyein Nyein
The extension process of city taxi registration will be resumed only when we get the permission from the relevant authorities depending upon the COVID-19, said U Hla Aung, the joint secretary of Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA).
The extension process of city taxi registration has been suspended starting from the outbreak of COVID-19 in March to prevent people from being crowded. “All taxis have to be registered as city taxis for the Yangon Region. But, we have suspended the extension of city taxi registration temporarily due to the spread of pandemic. Still, now, we suspend the city taxi registration extension process. We will resume this process again only when we get the permission from the relevant authorities,” said U Hla Aung.
City taxi registration began in 2002 to bring transport services on par with Yangon’s image as a commercial hub, and for regulating the taxi services.
With the renewal of city taxi registration, a total of 2,900 criminal cases broke out between 2014 and 20 August 2019.
YRTA was formed on 8 July 2016 to improve the transport facilities in Yangon for convenience of the public. The authority is carrying out city taxi registration. There were more than 60,000 registered city taxis in Yangon Region as of end-March, according to the data from YRTA. (Translated by Hay Mar)