Even though more inspection officers have been assigned to motor vehicle regulation and accident prevention, they have been ineffective due to pervasive bribery, according to U Hla Aung, president of auto regulatory body Ma Hta Tha.
Speeding and reckless driving is a growing problem in Yangon, and driving has become increasingly dangerous, so officers are being stationed at bus stops. However, they are being bribed, resulting in few drivers inclined to follow the regulations, according to U Hla Aung.
“We officials need to follow our own rules and regulations. The corrupt practice of drivers offering bribes and officers taking bribes leads to careless driving on the roads which results in accidents and casualties to passengers.
“Also public transport personnel forcing the passengers to get in or out of the bus and this is dangerous. Corruption needs to be driven away. There will be no improvement in the transportation sector unless corruption is gone.”
U Hla Aung said that there will be heavy legal charges for both vehicle personnel and inspection officers if they are convicted for bribery and driving without discipline, or in violation of 138 Motor Vehicle Regulations. Officers will even face punishment up to being dismissed from duty if they are found guilty.