Mandalay warns business license holders who violate regulations

The Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) has vowed to crack down on abusive businesses, such as those that secure contracts for collecting parking fees under the government’s auction system.

The warning was issued as the MCDC on Saturday auctioned off six-month business licenses for the April 1 to September 30 period and one-year business licenses for the period of October 1, 2018, to September 30, 2019, according to U Kyaw Zaw Aung, an MCDC member.

He said those who are caught abusing their licenses face imprisonment and fines.

There were more than 400 businesses auctioned off on Saturday, such as contracts for collection of parking fees in different areas of the city and contracts for the collection of taxes for pawnshops and street vendors.

The auction earned more than K1.8 billion (US$1.34 million) for the Mandalay government.

“Past auctions were not transparent. The new government ordered us to ensure transparency,” he said.

“We bid out the collection of toll fees for the four entrance gates of the city for six months. We will install the required digital system at these gates,” he said. “After installation, we will manage the collection of toll fees at these gates.”

U Kyaw Zaw Aung said the most complaints his office received were from overcharging of entrance fees and parking fees, despite the fact that these are fixed rates.

He said the car parking fee will remain unchanged at K300 per vehicle, K200 per motorcycle and K100 per bicycle.

“The bidding floor prices have been raised by 10 percent from last year,” said U That Naing, deputy-in-charge of the Department of Revenue of the MCDC.

Source: Myanmar Times

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