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July 02, 2020

10 killed, 29 injured in Yangon bus accidents in two months of 2019

Ten people were killed, while 29 others were injured, in 38 Yangon Bus Service accidents in October and November 2019, said U Hla Aung, the joint secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA).
In October, there were 17 traffic accidents involving the Yangon Bus Service, leaving two dead and 22 injuries, while 21 Yangon Bus Service accidents occurred in November, killing eight and injuring seven others.
“We think we should increase the amount of fines and penalties to prevent accidents and enforce traffic rules. Drivers play an important role in the Yangon Bus Service system. Most of the road accidents were caused by drivers’ negligence,” he added.
In order to reduce the number of road accidents and enforce traffic rules, the Road Transport Department is conducting special driving courses for Yangon Bus Service drivers, in cooperation with RTAD.
Moreover, smart cards are being issued to Yangon Bus Service drivers to provide the public with information about their personal details.
At present, over 100 bus lines are operating with 4,500 buses on about 130 routes, along with the Airport Shuttle. The number of daily commuters is estimated at 1.8 million.—Aye Cho (Translated by Hay Mar)

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