CNG prohibited for public buses after June

All public buses built in or before 1995 are to be handed over to the Road Transport Administration Department (RTAD) and purchases of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) will be prohibited from June 30, all, according to bus owners.

Since May 15, the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) has already informed bus lines and bus owners that June 20 is the deadline to notify the YRTA about any possession of pre-1995 buses. After those buses are transferred to the RTAD, the buses will then be sent to a smelting factory.

“Most public transport buses are using CNG.

“Starting from July 1, bus owners will not be allowed to purchase CNG for these vehicles.

“As far as I know, there are a total of over 3000 vehicles,” said U Tin Maung Htut, legal adviser of A Myint Myat Sone Inn Arr group, one of the public-private partnership companies in the transport sector.

Public-private partnerships between a government agency and private-sector company can be used to finance, construct and operate projects, such as night markets and public road networks.

Once public vehicles such as Dyna, BM, Mini Buses and city buses – models 1995 and older – are entrusted to the RTAD, bus owners will then receive a slip which then allows the importation of brand new cars with a Yangon license plate, supporting individual importers.

“After entrusting those vehicles to the RTAD, the owners will get the slip, which serves as evidence of entrusting their buses, for individual car importing.

“But owners need to inform the YRTA by June 20. If it is after this deadline, the RTAD will not give them the slip,” said Ko Ta Yoke Lay, owner of No 21 bus line.

Because of this scheme, the passengers can potentially face problems for a few days because of the expected shortage of buses.

“The old vehicles are over 3000 in numbers, but the government has about 750 new buses in store.

“Hence, commuters will be facing difficulties because of the lack of vehicles for a few days.

“But the government can fill the buses day by day,” said U Tin Maung Htut.

U Tin Maung Htut added that, for his firm, they need to send 106 vehicles out of 236 buses to the RTAD.

“We have already sent about half of the number required for entrusting. We have also ordered a total of 57 new buses and now 28 new buses have reached Yangon,” he said.

If the bus company or individual bus owners cannot meet the required number of vehicles, the government will then help them.

Up until now, there have been 500 vehicles entrusted and the YRTA has already allowed over 2600 buses to join under the slip system, according to the YRTA.

Source : Myanmar Times

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