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Motorbike ban to be expanded in NPT

By Win Ko Ko Latt
March 21 - 27, 2011

NAY Pyi Taw District Vehicle Rules and Regulations Supervisory Committee plans to expand restrictions on where motorbikes and trucks weighing more than 3 tonnes can be driven in the capital, a committee official said last week.

Motorbikes were banned on two sections of road in Nay Pyi Taw from April 1, 2010 after 117 people died as a result of about 280 traffic accidents in 2009. Another 80 died in the first six months of 2010, according to traffic police figures.

The two sections were Yazahtani Road from the Bawgasari highway express gate to Paung Laung traffic lights and the stretch from Yazathingha roundabout to the Nay Pyi Taw City Development Estate.

This exclusion zone will be expanded to include the section of Taw Win Yadana Road from the Yaza Thingaha roundabout to the corner of Nyaung Pin Gyi Su Street, beside the Nay Pyi Taw City Development Committee guesthouses where parliamentarians are staying while the hluttaws are in session.

Taw Win Yadana Road runs from Zabuthiri to Pobbathiri township. An official from the committee said the restrictions on motorbike use were being introduced to reduce road accidents in Nay Pyi Taw.

He said the committee had not yet decided exactly when the changes would come into effect but hoped to confirm it soon.

“We will announce the exact date and will raise awareness among residents to some extent before we start to take action [against those who use motorbikes in restricted areas],” he said, without specifying what action would be taken.