Hakha Traffic Controllers Provided Extra Motorbikes
17 May 2011: Dozens of additional new motorbikes have arrived in Hakha Town for the traffic controllers to keep tabs on an increasing number of bike users in the capital of Chin State, a Chinland Guardian source said.
The authorities in Naypyidaw have sent a total of 10 brand new motorbikes to Hakha, with another 15 on the way, according to a local traffic controller.
“The new motorbikes, which are meant for the traffic controllers and policemen to use in town, are still kept in the office,” said the traffic controller.
A set of new traffic rules have been issued warning the local motorcyclists to wear helmets and take their driving license with them on the roads, according to a Hakha local quoted as saying by the Khonumthung News.
“I think the new rules will be helpful because some motorbike users are driving too fast and it is not safe for people on the streets. There were some occasions where a motorbike user, who was stopped for not wearing a helmet, ended up in an accident while running away from the traffic police,” a resident in Hakha told Chinland Guardian.
The local resident also noted that a motorcyclist used to be fined about 3,000 kyats for not using a helmet before but this time, the new rules require a penalty with the motorbike to be taken to the police station.
About 7,000 to 8,000 two-wheeled motorbikes are being used in Hakha Town alone, with a total of an estimated 4,000 registered, according to the Khonumthung News.
Van Biak Thang