REVENUE authorities received a reduced amount of tax due to an increase of vehicles without licenses across Kachin State, according to the Road Transport Administration Department.
There are roughly 120,000 registered motorbikes and automobiles in the state, said U Ye Naing, deputy director of the department.
According to the department, till the end of August this year, the number of registered motorcycles reached 113,850, while 3,634 numbers of cars below three tonnes completed the licensing process in Myitkyina and PutaO districts.
A local traffic policeman said awareness raising programmes have been carried out by the authorities to raise traffic-related knowledge, including the risks of vehicles without number plates among the general public, as well as to reduce road accidents in the state.
Police are facing difficulties to arrest the offenders in traffic accident cases because of unregistered cars and motorcycles.
A local resident said a person normally spends over K30,000 for licensing of a car. If the car owner made the vehicle registration through agents, the charges rise to K100,000. That is why the department received fewer numbers of people taking part in the registration process. The state authorities performed vehicle registration through its one-stop service programme last year. Currently, the local authorities received no additional instructions relating to vehicle registration and they mainly conduct issuance of driving licenses.—Myitmakha News Agency