MDY bus compounds ban mototaxi drivers
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