Up to 70 per cent of vehicles used in Yangon are personal vehicles: Yangon Chief

Up to 70 per cent of vehicles running in Yangon are owned by individuals and is the largest contributor to traffic jams, said Yangon region chief minister Phyo Min Thein.

“Only 30 percent of vehicles running in Yangon are used for public transportation. Upgrading the public transport system will reduce individual use of car in Yangon,” said the chief minister.

The region government terminated of All Bus Lines Control Committee (locally known as Ma-Hta-Tha) and introduced Yangon Bus Services (YBS) by establishing Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA).

The region government has upgraded the public transport system to a certain level and will continue to upgrade the transport system, he said.

“We are trying to introduce card payment system not only in buses but also in other services. We are trying for people to be familiar with smart banking services as only a little number of people is using them,” he said.

“About 2.5 million people rely on the public transport system and if all of them employ banking services, it means we will have completed another step,” he said.

“If all people, including the upper class, use the YBS, it will reduce the traffic congestion in Yangon. People are using cars for individual purposes due to the poor public transport system,” he said.

Source : Eleven Myanmar

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