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October 16, 2018

Raising revenue prompts return to parking charges

Beginning this month, vehicles are being charged for parking on streets and roads in eight designated zones in Yangon. Photo: Phoe Khwar

Yangon authorities will again be collecting car parking charges to raise the country’s revenue, as cases of illegal parking fees are on the rise, which cannot generate country’s revenue, said Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe.
He was responding to a question raised by Daw Kyi Pyar, Hluttaw representative from Kyauktada Township constituency 1 at the 19th-day meeting of the seventh regular session of the Second Yangon Region Hluttaw held on 9 October. She asked if there is a plan to collect parking fees on designated roads starting from 1 October.
“Tax collection on vendors and car parking was abolished before 2015 election. The tax can contribute to the country’s revenue but the country does not receive any of them. The abolishing of tax collection results in non-disciplinary actions of the vendors selling on the streets. Illegal parking fees collection is rampant. This move to recollect parking fees aims to raise the country’s revenue”, said the Yangon mayor.
Previously, ten parking restriction zones were set up in downtown areas of Yangon City, Tenders were called for downtown Yangon parking facilities. Parking fees collection were suspended starting from 1 December 2014. According to Yangon Region government’s meeting 28/2018 held on 26 July 2018, they decided to invite tenders for parking fees collection at Ks200 per hour by setting eight parking zones in the Central Business District area.
Competitive bidding was invited in the state-owed newspapers issued 22 and 23 August 2018. Of eight zones, five were successfully bid at. Tender for the remaining three zones were invited again as the proposed companies did not meet floor price, said U Maung Maung Soe.
Tender invitation matters should have been discussed with Hluttaw representatives. There might be flaws in responsibility, accountability and management as some companies that won tender transfer their businesses to small
companies, Daw Kyi Pyar stressed.
When we make contract with those companies, necessary measures will be embodied into the contract to ensure systematic parking. The remaining three zones are already put out to tender. In a bid to collect parking fees simultaneously, the collection period is set from 1 November 2018 to 31 March 2019. After that, more effective Smart Car Parking System is planned to be launched, said Yangon mayor. Vehicle parking on streets and roads in designated eight zones is being charged at Ks200 per hour between 8 am and 6 pm starting from 1 October, 2018, which have been notified to the public through state – owned newspapers, journals and FM radio. It has been informed to Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) authorities, township administrators, Myanmar Police Force, Traffic Police Force and Hluttaw members, Yangon mayor continued.
“I agreed with parking fees collection. But systematic collection at reasonable rate with better service is a must,” said Daw Kyi Pyar.
“We understand the management of roads are under YCDC. But people freely park the cars at the side of the roads as commercial hub Yangon’s roads are cramped and there is no specific designated area for the vehicles to park. However, collecting parking fees of Ks100/200 will cause difficulties for downtown residents when they park the cars in front of their own houses.
“Therefore, I like to suggest particular plan for them like monthly or yearly payment”, said Daw Kyi Pyar.
Yangon mayor responded that parking collection time is set from 8 am to 6 pm. People should consider it as parking in public area, instead of parking in front of their houses.
Returing to parking fees is issued according to section 33 sub-section (A) of YCDC law. Since 24 August 1995, no one is allowed to park the cars on the roads violating traffic rules, and those drivers who fail to pay parking fees and those violating the laws shall be taken action against under existing law.

 

By Nyein Nyein

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