Myanmar takes measures to deal with motorcycle transport

13:09, June 11, 2010      

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The Myanmar transport authorities have extended a deadline for registration of illegally-imported motorcycles to June 30 to grant licenses to them after some prescribed taxes are paid as a new measure to deal with motorcycle transport.

The deadline was originally set for Jan. 31.

Starting from July 1, unlicensed motorcycles will be impounded in accordance with law, Friday's official daily New Light of Myannmar said, adding that if an owner of impounded motorcycle submits application to retrieve his or her motorbike and pay the price and tax, the authorities will issue license.

For a certain period over the past few years, the Myanmar authorities had issued licenses to illegally-imported motor cycles across border in the northern part to operate after related taxes were paid.

Meanwhile, the authorities have granted free import of motorcycles with legal export earning starting January this year.

The number of motor vehicles of various types operating in Myanmar reached 2.12 million as of February this year, up from 1. 99 million in the previous year correspondingly, according to the road transport administration.

Of the total, 1.729 million or 86.8 percent are motor cycles, while 253,199 are passenger cars, 60,792 are trucks and 19,818 are buses.

The number of motorcycles stood high as the authorities relaxed its policy in early July 2008, re-granting licenses to previous illegally-imported vehicles through border points evading taxation after required taxes are levied.

The revised policy has brought about the increase of registered motor cycles, most of which run in the northern Mandalay division.

Motorcycles were re-allowed to run in 14 suburban townships in Yangon division except the municipal area.

Meanwhile, the Myanmar commerce authorities have also granted free import of trucks with legal export earning by private companies for business use and passenger transport under a new tax rate starting this month.

These trucks include box trucks and passenger buses.

Previously, import of trucks was restricted to those in use in government's major projects.

Moreover, the authorities have also designated that the lowest model of importing cars be manufactured in not earlier than 2003 to ensure that the model of imported cars are most updated.

Importing cars and buses for public transportation are restricted to left-hand drive in line with Myanmar's traffic rules.



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