YRTA extends exempt-period for management charges on YBS buses until 30 June

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YBS buses crawling on a busy road in downtown area in Yangon. Photo: Phoe Khwar

Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) made a further extension to exempt-period for management charges on YBS buses until 30 June, according to the YRTA.

Earlier, YRTA set the exempt-period deadline for management charges of K4,000 by 27 March. Then, it extended the due date up to 30 April and again to 31 May, 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 daily ran on Yangon Road. Following the impacts 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.

YBS bus companies make a daily record of trip plan and schedule interval time for the bus. Under the guidance of the Yangon Region government, YRTA is trying to tackle the difficulties of YBS bus lines.

YRTA ensures the bus drivers to strictly follow the traffic rules as before. The bus line companies are cooperating with the Ministry of Health and Sports to contain the spread of the coronavirus infection and providing daily bus service regularly in line with health guidelines.

To prevent the possible infection of the virus, the passengers must wear mask and hand sanitizer is placed in the bus and basin are installed at bus-stops and train stations.

At present, over 100 bus lines are operating buses on about 135 routes, along with the Airport Shuttle and city transit.  (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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