Bus operators running services from Hpakant to other towns in Kachin State said they are suffering losses due to unregistered vehicles providing the same services in the area.
“We pay taxes to the government, besides a license fee and other additional fees. Some cars are running the service illegally without a license. They are also not following traffic rules and procedures and taking away passengers from us,” said Ma Khin Hnin Wah Khaung, in charge of Sanyatee gate.
“Illegal transportation services are a big concern for us. The fare is set at K3,000 for particular trips, but illegal operators are charging lower fares to get passengers from us. They are hurting us tax payers,” she added.
U Aung Thu, chair of the Hpakant Township Private Vehicle Supervisory Committee, said: “We can control only those bus operators who are listed members under the committee. Only the authorities can regulate unregistered vehicles.”
On 27 September, the state government took action against two bus lines found offering services using unregistered vehicles. The businesses were suspended for three months.
There are 74 registered bus lines running small, medium, and large vehicles from Hpakant to Myitkyina, Moekaung, Moenyin, Bhamo, and other towns in Kachin State.— Tar Lin Maung (IPRD)
(Translated by Ei Myat Mon)