Aung Thant Khaing
VEHICLE import permits for taxi services across the country have been suspended at the instruction of a Union-level supervisory committee on the importation of vehicles, according to an official from the Mandalay Region Road Transport Ministry.
The Mandalay Region government was told to stop issuing taxi import permits as of 25 January, said the official.
In Mandalay, taxi permits for 4,700 vehicles were granted to 77 companies during the period from 2013 to 2015, he added.
Since April 2010, region and state governments have been allowed to issue permits for vehicle imports for taxi services.
According to official statistics, the number of taxi permits issued nationwide totaled 31,596 as of December 2015—13,175 in Yangon Region, 4,792 in Mandalay Region, 430 in Bago Region, 4,136 in Ayeyawady Region, 100 in Sagaing Region, 350 in Taninthayi Region, 200 in Magway Region, 3,370 in Shan State, 129 in Mon State, 100 in Kayah State, 4,764 in Kayin State and 50 in Kachin State.