MDY bus com­pounds ban mo­to­taxi driv­ers

The Myanmar Times - - News -

IN a move to curb pas­sen­ger ha­rass­ment, mo­tor­cy­cle taxis and pri­vate cars have been banned from en­ter­ing high­way bus sta­tions near Man­dalay, the head of the mu­nic­i­pal taxi depart­ment has told The Myan­mar Times.

The ban will be im­posed at the city’s largest long-haul bus sta­tion, the Chan Mya Shwe Pyi high­way bus sta­tion, as well as smaller com­pounds through­out the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, such as the Thiri Min­galar sta­tion and the Gyi Myat Shin sta­tion.

Taxi cars and pri­vate mo­tor­cy­cles will still be per­mit­ted to en­ter, said U Win Maung. Mo­tor­cy­cle taxis can pick up pas­sen­gers out­side the sta­tions.

The move comes as an at­tempt to curb ha­rass­ment and so­lic­i­ta­tion of pas­sen­gers as they step off buses.

Ac­cord­ing to pas­sen­gers, taxi driv­ers scram­ble and fight each other for fares as long-dis­tance buses pull into the sta­tion, cre­at­ing an un­pleas­ant en­vi­ron­ment for trav­ellers who are of­ten at the end of long jour­neys.

“It is con­ve­nient to have mo­tor­cy­cle taxis at the sta­tion as we do not need to call our fam­i­lies to col­lect us. But it is very dis­ap­point­ing the way these driv­ers ha­rass and pester pas­sen­gers from the bus ser­vices,” said Man­dalay res­i­dent U Nyunt Win.

“It is good that they will now have to wait out­side in a queue. Pas­sen­gers will be more safe,” he added.

– Phyo Wai Kyaw, trans­la­tion by Khine Thazin Han

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