Uber launches taxi-only service in Myanmar

The cab-hailing app Uber officially launched its services in Myanmar this morning. Rather than pitting private vehicle owners against traditional taxi services, as it has done in other cities, Uber’s model for Myanmar is designed specifically for taxi drivers. “We are excited to launch in Myanmar, serving riders, drivers, and the city of Yangon. The city has shown itself

Transportation

43 percent of Myanmar road deaths last year were motorbike drivers

Motorbikes drivers account for 42.8 per cent of traffic-related deaths in Myanmar, said Union Minister for Transport and Communications Thant Zin Maung at a road safety workshop...

43 percent of Myanmar road deaths last year were motorbike drivers

Critics of proposed Saigon motorbike ban point to Yangon’s car-crammed hellscape

For almost a year, Vietnam’s city-dwellers have been embroiled in a heated debate about the future of their streets. “We should ban motorbikes,” one side says. The...

Critics of proposed Saigon motorbike ban point to Yangon’s car-crammed hellscape

19 killed as bus plunges into gorge near Myawaddy

Nineteen people were killed and 21 injured after their bus toppled into a ravine in eastern Myanmar, police said Saturday. The bus was carrying around 40 passengers from central...

19 killed as bus plunges into gorge near Myawaddy

Controversial Bogyoke Aung San Bridge opens in Mon State

Mon State Chief Minister Dr. Aye Zan announced the opening of the embattled Bogyoke Aung San Bridge today. For months, the bridge has been a point of contention between the NLD...

Controversial Bogyoke Aung San Bridge opens in Mon State

Lawmakers slam ‘poorly planned’ Yangon Bus Service

Members of the Yangon Region parliament spoke out yesterday against the failings of the Yangon Bus Service (YBS), saying the service is badly managed and lacks financial...

Lawmakers slam ‘poorly planned’ Yangon Bus Service

Uber launches Yangon trial this week

Uber is officially launching a trial period starting this week, a spokesperson for the company confirmed to Coconuts Yangon. The rep told Coconuts: “Uber is carrying out...

Uber launches Yangon trial this week

Myanmar wedding boat death toll rises to 30

Rescuers Sunday found more bodies from a boat accident in western Myanmar that has now claimed the lives of at least 30 people, most of them guests returning from a wedding. The...

Myanmar wedding boat death toll rises to 30

20 killed in wedding boat crash near Pathein

by Hla-Hla HTAY At least 20 people were killed when a boat carrying scores of wedding guests collided with a river barge in Western Myanmar, authorities said Saturday, with more...

20 killed in wedding boat crash near Pathein

New Uber Myanmar promo clip hints that they’re ‘arriving soon’

Just a week after their South-East Asia-based rival Grab announced the launch of a beta trial in Yangon, the Uber Myanmar Facebook page has released a short promo clip with the...

New Uber Myanmar promo clip hints that they’re ‘arriving soon’

Coconuts Yangon Transportation

Transportation is a big story in Yangon and in remote areas of the country. Five years ago, the government relaxed rules on importing cars, and traffic quickly became a major problem for the city. Yangon is one of the few cities in the world that still has a circular railway line. With the help of a Japanese aid agency, it has been undergoing renovations. There are new carriages and even air-conditioning. The bus system is changing, too. A new bus system launched in January 2017, but it has proven far from perfect. We're all still waiting for someone to do something about the surplus of taxis that are choking the city's roads and about the city's mysterious ban on motorbikes.