August 19, 2016

Special bus tickets available for government staff during Thingyan water festival

THE All Private Bus Lines Control Committee plans to issue special travel tickets for government staff to help them travel more easily around the country in order to provide better services during the long public holiday next month.
Myanmar’s annual New Year Water Festival will take place from 11 to 20 April this year. Civil servants face difficulties getting tickets at reasonable prices during the festival every year as people throughout the country travel to spend the festival with their families.
“Effective action will be taken against owners of private bus lines who sell travel tickets at a higher price during the Maha Thinhyan Festival in line with the existing rules and regulations,” said U Nyunt Wai, chairman of the committee.
According to the committee’s announcement, all private highway buses have to sell at least 10 tickets for government staff per bus between 1 and 20 April.
The special tickets are available at every ticket booth at highway bus centres. Civil servants wishing to buy bus tickets must present their original citizenship scrutiny cards and recommendation letters from the assistant head of the committee.
“Customers who are forced to buy tickets at higher prices may complain to the committee, which will reimburse them,” said U Khet Hlaing, the assistant head of the committee.
In order to ensure efficient travel operations during the festival, all bus lines will send their schedules to the committee not later than 21 March.
Bus lines that sell tickets at inflated prices during the holiday will be fined up to K50,000 (US$41.35) by the committee.


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