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Myanmar lifts ban on motorcyclists in Yangon
The Myanmar authorities have lifted a ban on the use of motor cycles in Yangon division starting this month, the local weekly Voice reported Sunday, quoting the traffic rule enforcement committee.
The weekly newspapers said licenses are being issued to such vehicles to run in the Yangon municipal area and 14 suburban townships.
Motor cycles were previously banned for public operation in the city’s municipal areas except for authorized persons.
Although motor cycles are allowed for running in other parts of the country especially northern Mandalay division, most of them are illegally-imported from neighboring countries across border without being taxed.
In the latest development, the Myanmar authorities have started to issue licenses also to such illegally-imported motor cycles beginning this month after related taxes are paid.
The move has reactivated the motor cycle market in Mandalay with its prices going up by 16 percent.
In the wake of the authorities’ relief measures, a total of 1,000 motor cycles were pouring in across borders to Myanmar’s border town of Muse daily, local media said.
According to the authorities, licenses for those produced in Japan, Thailand, India and China with manufacturing date for 2000 are being issued phase by phase. Some China-made motor cycles of Kenbo and Jialing brands are also popular in Mandalay.
There are more than one million motor vehicles in Myanmar, of which motor cycles account for over 655,000, according to the Road Transport Administration.

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