YANGON DIVISION – According to residents, signs are posted in front of the military bunkers in Yangon, announcing to arrest and charge motorcycles and battery-bike riders.
In the past, the military council mainly arrested motorcycles, but now sidecars, battery bikes, and trishaws drivers will also be arrested, and charged according to the existing law.
A resident of Yangon said, “Nowadays, only motorcycle taxi drivers and still ride the bikes. Locals seldom ride motorcycles, even if they do, they only ride in the neighborhood and no longer go out on the highways. Now the junta council has made additional announcements about arresting battery bicycles”.
These signs were not hung in the bunkers in downtown areas but in Insein, Shwepyithar, Hlaingtharyar, and Thanlyin Townships where there are many people riding motorbikes. The junta announcement says that they will arrest unlicensed motorcycles but now are also arresting those with licenses.
Due to the arrests of motorcycles, the demand for bicycles has increased as people have switched to bicycles instead of motorcycles. The prices have reached up to 100,000 kyats per bicycle.
Previously, the junta council allowed motorcycles to be redeemed when they were seized; with a fine of about 2.5 lakhs kyats per motorcycle.