December 17, 2016

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Right – hand drive cars restricted

Light trucks parked at an unofficial auto market in Yangon. Photo: Nay Lin
Light trucks parked at an unofficial auto market in Yangon. Photo: Nay Lin

Auto sales have become sluggish following the new vehicle import policy issued by the Road Transport Administration Department, according to an auto dealership in Hlaing township, Yangon Region.
“Prices are going up for right-hand-drive cars while the sales of left-hand-drive cars are at a stand still,” Ko Tun Tun, an auto dealer said, adding that the price rises ranges from K500,000 to K1 million.
The department introduced a new import rule for 2016 that bars the imports of right-hand-drive cars, saying that the measure is aimed at easing traffic congestion and improving traffic safety.
The left-hand-drive vehicles are more compatible with the existing traffic systems in the country, according to economic adviser to the Minister for Commerce Dr Maung Aung.
The Road Transport Administration Department said it would permit imports of brand new left-hand-drive vehicles as of 2016.—Min Thit

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