The Yangon Bus Service (YBS) must implement the card payment system soon to solve the problem of shortage of notes and discontinue with the cash box system, according to private entrepreneurs.
Currently, passengers using the YBS bus lines have to drop the fare into a cash box. However, there have been complaints of passengers not having the exact change or paying torn and counterfeit damaged notes. Some passengers do not pay the full fare, according to the entrepreneurs.
“We need to discuss all these complaints. We also heard that the YBS bus line communities are discussing these matters. Our private bus lines are also facing these problems,” said Ko Tayote Lay, managing director of Power Eleven Public Company.
Two clerks from the Power Eleven Public Company inspected the passenger fare payment on 1 May in five YBS-78 bus lines. They found a payment gap of 50 per cent in the cash box, said Ko Tayote Lay.
Similarly, some YBS buses under the supervision of the Yangon Urban Public Transport Company (YUPT) are also facing similar problems, said U Ko Ko Naing, vice-chairman of YUPT.
The Yangon Region government will implement the card payment system in 2018 to solve the problems, according to Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein.
“The card system will be implemented for the public. The Yangon Region government is planning to provide the card payment system to eliminate the problems of shortage of small notes and the need for bus conductors. We are currently making arrangements to implement the card payment system project. We can introduce this card system three months later,” said Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein at the Yangon Investment Forum 2018 media conference, which was held on 9 May.
By Nyein Nyein