Wheel Tax to Raise for Non-Yangon License Vehicles

Source : Myanmar Business Today
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Nov 09, 2017

Wheel tax for ve­hicles not li­censed for Yan­gon, that run on public roads in Yangon is set to raise, U Phyo Min Thein, Chief Minister of Yangon Region, said. This tax in­crease was discussed at the 11th regular meeting between Vice President No-1 and local business­men, held at Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) during the last week of October.
        This tax increase is part of the Yangon Regional Government’s traffic so­lution plan to minimize congestion on public roads in Yangon. How­ever, this may also end up making it more dif­ficult for Yangonians to own a car. This will be next phase in the overall traffic plan the govern­ment has been working on, which includes other types of transportation like the Yangon Bus Ser­vice, school buses, water taxies, and a ban on tem­porary licenses for taxis.
        ‘‘We are seeing more and more vehicles run­ning in the streets of Yan­gon that are not licensed for the city, and that adds to traffic congestion in Yangon. To address the issue, we are planning to raise wheel tax and park­ing tax,’’ he said.
        Yangon Region’s Chief Minister explained the ba­sic plan to raise wheel tax, but did not mention by what percentage it would be raised nor did he give a time frame for the imple­mentation of the new tax.
        Yangon has more than 5 million people, and is the economic hub of the country. So it's no sur­prise that it also suffers with the worst traffic con­gestion in the country. A problem that began after former the president U Thein Sein’s led govern­ment changed its vehi­cle import policy, which resulted in lower vehicle prices and easing of the importing process.
        There are approximate­ly 400,000 vehicles in­cluding 40,000 buses and 40,000 taxis in Yangon, according to the Yangon Regional government. However the Yangon Regional Government needs accurate numbers of vehicles running in Yangon roads that are not licensed, so they will conduct a survey through the Departments of Road Transportations.
        Currently, non-licensed vehicles in Yangon have to pay K200 wheel tax along with the city en­trance fee. Former presi­dent U Thein Sein once tried to raise the amount of wheel tax to K1000, but cancelled the plan of rais­ing wheel tax because of protests.
        U Phyo Min Thein also said that his regional government has almost finished upgrading traffic lights system to take ac­tion against the vehicles without license.
        ‘‘Our system — which includes vehicle track­ing devices, CCTV and the control center — will immediately know if a vehicle, for instance, reg­istered at the Road Trans­port Department as a sa­loon (sedan), is suddenly a van. So we will take se­rious actions on abuse of the system as well as ille­gal vehicles,’’ U Phyo Min Thein said.

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