No plans by YCDC to build car trading stations

YCDC has not yet planned to set up new car dealer trading stations or warehouses, Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe said at the regional legislature on June 12.

At present, most of the car dealers are selling and buying the cars by storing the vehicles in different places across the townships. This arrangement is not good for residents or the traffic.

Now, Hlaing dealer compound (in Hlaing township), Thirimingalar old market dealer compound (at Kyimyindaing township) and Than Thumar car dealers compound (at Thingun Kyun township) are the official car dealer stations but most of car dealers are doing business at another 22 unofficial compounds/ warehouses in other townships in the city.

“‘In Yangon Region, there were many car dealers who are doing individual business since a long time ago. At present, there are only three official dealer compounds for conducting those businesses. As a result, some of roads and streets in different townships and quarters are full with the cars,” said MP U Hla Htay from Thingun Kyun township.
Residents complain a lot about the parking of vehicles and at times fighting occurs because both sides are competing for limited parking spaces.

MP U Hla Htay asked in parliament whether the government plans to build new compounds for the car dealers.

“If the government allows individual dealers to store their cars in big compound buildings, they will be able to do business and it will not affect the residents. The government will receive tax from the dealers for parking fees.

“Individual car dealers are hoping to have a new car dealer compound,” the regional lawmaker commented.

MP U Kyaw Kyaw Htun from Hlaing township added that the parking of cars along the streets compound the issue of traffic in the city. He said whenever the vehicles need to enter and leave the compounds, they cause traffic issues. New compounds need to have good infrastructure, and an effective disposal and sanitary system, as well as other facilities.

Some car dealers are used to do selling and buying the cars with 20 or 30 cars in hand. There are currently over 1,200 cars at Thirimingalar market car compound, while 150 cars are parked at Than Thumar car compound, and about 2,000 cars are entering and leaving at Hlaing car compound regularly.

“The trading of cars are growing day by day. But we do not have sufficient space to build stations… We have allowed showrooms and warehouses based on rules and regulations,” U Maung Maung Soe responded.

U Hla Htay remarked in return that ordinary citizens, “grassroots”, cannot afford to purchase vehicles from showrooms, only from car trading stations.

U Kyaw Kyaw Htun advised that the government should allow the cars to park at night at current car dealer compounds by collecting fees. So traffic will be reduced and the government can enjoy more revenues.

In the municipal area , the YCDC already given 151 car sale centre licenses and warehouse licenses in total.

“After discussion with the YCDC and related ministries, we will present to the government. If not, the government will miss out some revenue. We will seek to take action in this aspect,” the mayor said.

Source: Myanmar Times

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