Nay Pyi Taw Bawgathiri bus fee reduced
PLANS to protest new vehicle entrance fees at the Nay Pyi Taw Bawgathiri Highway Bus Station have been temporarily postponed.
Bus line owners had planned to demonstrate against the fees, which went into effect on July 1, but those fees have been dropped.
The fees had been set at K1500 for buses but were reduced to K900 on July 3, U Ko Ko Naing, a bus line owner, said. “It’s been reduced by K600,” he said, “so the situation is calm now.”
The rate, set by Nay Pyi Taw City Development Committee, included buses in the classification for vehicles over 10 tonnes. Others argued that it should fall under the classification of vehicles over 5 tonnes.
Things may be calm but the city development committee and the company that won the contract for the station were meeting to discuss the rates on the morning of July 4, a source close to the company said. “In the regulations of tender contract, the entrance fee is set at K1500,” the source said. “But yesterday the committee reset the fee at K900. There weren’t any negotiation with us. They set it themselves.”
Nay Pyi Taw Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles highway bus chair U Win Swe said that it has already been set: Buses are classified as over 5 tonnes, not 10. “I have the paper,” he said.
The city development committee never explained the new fee structure to all the vehicle owners but the details of the contract have been posted in the newspaper since June, a committee official said.
The tender was selected on June 23, and the incumbent tender winner was selected out of eight contenders. He won the tender for K235 million for the remaining nine months of the 2016-17 financial year.
The bus station collected entrance fees under the military government but they stopped in 2007 with an aim to increase usage.
Bus line owners say they’re watching the situation closely and will protest if necessary.
– Translation by Thiri Min Htun