Bago, September 13 – over K40 million in road fines have been handed down to undisciplined drivers in Bago Region this August, the region’s Traffic Police Department told Myitmakha News Agency.
The department reportedly cites a lack of public knowledge towards the new Motor Vehicle Law as the rationale behind daily violations of the law by drivers of cars, trailer tractors, three-wheeled vehicles and motorcycles.
“I want the public to understand the Motor Vehicle Law. We’ve made repeated efforts to educate people on the law, which allows a case file to be built and perpetrators to be taken to court and fined. I want people to only use their vehicle on the road once they’ve studied the law. We’ll continue to make arrests and taking legal action,” Traffic Police Chief Htein Win, of the Bago Traffic Police Department, told Myitmakha News Agency.
During August, approximately 2,000 residents and school children attended educational awareness talks on vehicle and road regulations held a total of seven times in Bago district, eight times in Taungoo district, nine times in Pyay district and seven times in Thayarwady district.
“Among violators of vehicle and road regulations, the youth figure prominently. A number of instances, though, can be attributed to an increase in the amount of vehicles on the roads and the confusion that causes. There should be more traffic police stationed at intersections to direct traffic,” said Ko Ye Lin, a resident of Bago.
Of the four districts which comprise Bago Region, the highest amount of arrests and fines were handed down in Pyay district to drivers of a total of 1,603 vehicles.
Drivers of a total of 2,808 vehicles were arrested throughout Bago Region during the month of August for violating vehicle and road regulations, being handed down a total sum of K41.08 million.
According to articles of the Motor Vehicle Law, which was enacted on 7 September 2015, anyone who violates the law can face over a month in prison or a fine of K50,000.