Man­dalay gets tough on poor park­ing

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

ARMED with wheel clamps and fixed­penalty no­tices, Man­dalay tax of­fi­cials are try­ing to rid the city’s streets of il­le­gally parked ve­hi­cles. U Khin Soe, an of­fi­cial with the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Depart­ment, said the city had busted more than 200 il­le­gally parked cars in the six down­town town­ships.

The cam­paign be­gan on Oc­to­ber 15, tar­get­ing dou­ble-parked ve­hi­cles in “no-stand­ing” zones or nar­row streets. Er­ring driv­ers, charged K50,000 per ve­hi­cle, have re­luc­tantly con­trib­uted more than K11 mil­lion (US$8600) in fines, he said.

“We pa­trol around 35th Street, which di­vides north from south. As we’ve been fin­ing driv­ers in that zone, the prob­lem there has eased, but in­ci­dence has in­creased else­where. We will keep tak­ing ac­tion against driv­ers who break the law,” he said yes­ter­day.

The ac­tion is par­tic­u­larly in­tense around Zeigyo Mar­ket, around crowded Di­a­mond Plaza, and at 78th and 84th streets.

The city tows away il­le­gally parked cars, charg­ing driv­ers K50,000 for the tow plus an­other K50,000 in fines. A driver who turns up when his or her wheel is be­ing clamped will be fined K10,000 in the case of a car and K30,000 for a medium-sized or larger ve­hi­cle. If the wheel is clamped in the ab­sence of the driver, a K50,000 fine is levied to re­lease it. Driv­ers who try to break the clamp will be charged 10 times its value.

“Park­ing prob­lems are get­ting worse and worse now that there are more cars on the roads. There is not enough park­ing space at crowded places like Zeigyo Mar­ket and the shop­ping plazas. Traf­fic is al­ways jammed at of­fice and school open­ing and clos­ing times be­cause cars and mo­tor­cy­cles are parked on 26th Street in front of Zeigyo Mar­ket. It’s worse when the traf­fic lights are not work­ing. More­over, the roads are nar­row. Re­mov­ing il­le­gally parked cars will help a bit,” said lo­cal res­i­dent U Kyaw.

– Trans­la­tion by San Layy

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