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May 28, 2020

Over 8,000 YBS drivers issued smart cards

Joint-Secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority U Hla Aung talks to the media. Photo: Supplied
Joint-Secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority U Hla Aung talks to the media. Photo: Supplied

By Nyein Nyein
More than 8,000 drivers employed by YBS bus lines have been issued smart cards, said U Aung Nyi Nyi Maw, Managing Director of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA).
Smart cards have been issued to 8,043 drivers, including nine women, who applied for them, he added.
“With the issuing of smart cards to YBS drivers, the YRTA disciplinary team conducted a surprise check on 1 November to see whether drivers are keeping the smart cards with them or not,” said U Aung Nyi Nyi Maw.
“We have already informed YBS companies that YBS drivers have to carry the smart cards with them. We are also conducting surprise checks in this respect,” said U Aung Nyi Nyi Maw.
Moreover, if passengers find an undisciplined YBS bus, they can inform the disciplinary team on Viber on the following numbers: 09-448147149, 09-448147153, 09-448147154. They can support their complaints with video clips or photos, according to the YRTA.
“The YRTA will have the personal information of every single driver so that it will be easier for the authorities to deal with the complaints or take action against undisciplined bus drivers. The YRTA will maintain a centralized database detailing the job history and work experience of the YBS drivers. This will make it easy to trace the drivers in no time,” he added.
At present, over 100 bus lines are operating 4,500 buses on about 135 routes, along with the Airport Shuttle and city transit. The number of daily commuters has been estimated at 1.8 million.(Translated by Hay Mar)

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