Law­break­ing cars in Man­dalay to be booted

The Myanmar Times - - News - PHYO WAI KYAW phy­owaikyaw@mm­

DELIN­QUENT driv­ers in Man­dalay will soon face ac­tion for il­le­gally parked ve­hi­cles in six town­ships within Man­dalay City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee ter­ri­tory.

Ac­cord­ing to U Khin Soe, a di­vi­sion of­fi­cer for the mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­ity, ve­hi­cles that are dou­ble-parked, that block the street or that are parked in places re­garded as “no stand­ing” zones will be booted, with wheel clamps placed on them.

“Ac­tion will be taken un­der this sys­tem start­ing from Oc­to­ber 15. The locks are ready now,” he said yes­ter­day.

Smaller fines will be ap­plied when the of­fend­ing car’s driver can be lo­cated quickly. Oth­er­wise, the car’s wheel will be locked un­til a K50,000 (US$40) fine is paid.

Any driv­ers who de­cide to at­tempt re­mov­ing the clamp them­selves will be charged 10 times the value of the wheel lock.

The new approach is a de­par­ture from MCDC’s cur­rent ve­hi­cle tow­ing sys­tem, in which il­le­gally parked cars have been towed by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, with driv­ers charged K50,000 for the tow­ing plus an­other K50,000 in fines.

At least one Man­dalay driver, U Nyunt Win, seemed to ap­prove of the new scheme.

“The roads are nar­row in Man­dalay. Park­ing prob­lems are get­ting worse and worse now that more cars are on the roads. There is not enough park­ing at crowded places like the Zeigyo Mar­ket, so peo­ple just park any­where. Traf­fic is al­ways jammed on mar­ket days. Taxis stop wher­ever they want and many peo­ple park il­le­gally to un­load goods,” he said.

“I guess more peo­ple will be charged [for il­le­gal park­ing] us­ing the wheel-lock sys­tem com­pared to the tow­ing sys­tem, which was very time con­sum­ing,” he added.

– Trans­la­tion by Emoon

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