Yangon Relaxes Truck Use Restrictions


Restrictions on the use of container trucks in Yangon are being relaxed, according to the regional Ministry of Planning and Finance.

Minister Myint Thaung told a meeting that the container trucks from the ports of Asia World and the International Terminal Thilawa had been allowed to go to Hlinthaya Township from 11am to 3pm. Another meeting on the subject took place between military-appointed Vice President Myint Swe and business leaders at the headquarters of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

“Container trucks are important for commodity supplies but they also cause traffic congestion. So they are only allowed to go through Yangon Region at night. Now we have relaxed the restrictions in some uncrowded areas. Trucks carrying empty containers are allowed to run from Khayebin Junction in Mingaladon Township to Bandoola Bridge from 11am to 3pm,” said the minister.

“Those who are dealing with containers requested this again. For that we have also given access to the route from Asia World and MITT to Hlinethaya from 11am to 3pm. We are cooperating to ensure smooth commodity flows.”

The prescribed maximum tonnage of trucks and container trucks and their roadways were announced on December 7 last year, according to Yangon Region Transport Authority. The measure was initiated to cut Yangon’s congestion.

Vehicles weighing over nine tonnes are only allowed access to seven major roads, including Strand Road, from 9pm to 6am.


Source: Eleven Myanmar

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