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December 16, 2019

Smart cards to be issued to all YBS drivers this month: YRTA

YBS bus runs near Sule Pagoda in Yangon.  Photo: Phoe Khwa

All drivers employed with YBS bus lines will be given smart cards this month, said U Aung Nyi Nyi Maw, Managing Director, Yangon Region Transport Authority.
“We expect to complete issuance of smart cards to YBS drivers in July,” he said, adding there are more than 5,000 drivers who have applied for smart cards.
The transport authority has said it will give first priority to drivers with large companies, followed by medium-sized companies, when issuing smart cards. Once drivers from the large and medium companies are covered, then drivers from the remaining bus lines will be given smart cards, according to the YRTA.
“Once the smart cards are issued, the YRTA will have the personal information of every single driver, so it will be simpler for the authority to deal with complaints or take action against undisciplined
drivers,” said U Aung Nyi Nyi Maw.
“The YRTA will have a centralized database detailing the job history and work experience of YBS drivers. This will make it easy to trace drivers quickly,” he added.
According to the transport authority, it is currently dealing with 1,012 cases involving driver indiscipline — four cases of drivers changing routes, 790 cases of fine receipt, and 218 complaints against drivers. In addition, there were 13 accidents involving buses, that left four people dead and 22 injured.
By Nyein Nyein (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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