YBS contribution to management funds exempted until end-July

YRTA has extended exemption of management fee K4,000 per bus daily till the end of July.   PHOTO: PHOE KHWAR
YRTA has extended exemption of management fee K4,000 per bus daily till the end of July.  
PHOTO: PHOE KHWAR

Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) has extended again the exemption for YBS companies from contributing management funds until the end of July, according to YRTA.
Previously, the YBS buses operating for the convenience of the commuters to be able to travel within Yangon region were exempted from contributing of K4,000 per bus daily to the YRTA management funds from 27 March to 30 April. Then, YRTA has extended the exemption till 31 May to be of help to the YBS buses. Then, the exemption period was extended again up to 30 June and now again to the end of July, according to YRTA. This move of YRTA is to support YBS companies during the coronavirus crisis, said YRTA Managing Director U Aung Nyi Nyi Maw.
Earlier, about 4,500 buses ran daily on Yangon roads. Following the impact of coronavirus pandemic, the number of YBS buses has decreased to over 3,300. At present, 126 bus lines are providing public transport amid the pandemic, according to YRTA. 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 facing 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 the spreading of the coronavirus pandemic according to the guidelines and instructions issued by the Ministry of Health and Sports.
In response to the global viral disease, YBS companies and the public are cooperating in such activities as promotion of health awareness campaign by putting stickers, distributing pamphlets and keeping the 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, over 100 bus lines are operating buses on about 135 routes, along with the Airport Shuttle and city transit. —Nyein Nyein  (Translated by Hay Mar)

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