Maungdaw, Arakan State: Road and transport department of Arakan State collected more tax than before in Maungdaw since September 19, said a truck owner said.

Road and transport department of Arakan State inspect twice a year (May and November), but this year the department didn’t able to inspect in May as heavy rain destroyed the highway road of Maungdaw and Buthidaung, said a local  jeep owner of Maungdaw said.

The Road and transport department of Arakan State arrived Maungdaw on September 18, Aung Saw Lin, deputy director leading 14 members group to inspect the car in Maungdaw, the jeep owner said.

The group inspected trucks, cars, jeeps, three wheel taxies and motorcycles at Thiremangahla hall.

There are 1000 motorcycles, 100 three wheel taxies (within 2 years), light and 100 heavy truck and 50 NGOs owned vehicles.

The group inspected from 19-21 September only, most of the vehicles owner were not able to check their vehicles with this group, said a member of vehicles association of Maungdaw.

Most of vehicles line up for inspection within their staying period without doing any business, but fail most to inspect, the member said.

The group collected all the paper of vehicles and took to Akyab which were not able to inspect in Maungdaw.

The group charged the vehicles owner more than double or triple taxes than last year and didn’t issue any receipt for taxes.

Beside these, Engg; Kyaw Thaung Htun charged for inspection from 5000 to 10000 kyats depends on the situation of vehicles or owner. Casher Ms. Than Ngwe demanded the money without checking any Vehicle paper for tax.

Yesterday, the vehicles owners received one third of their paper through one Rakhine woman where she collected 500 kyats per vehicle paper, said a light truck owner who had paid 500 kyats to Rakhine woman.

In Maungdaw, most of the vehicles owners are Rohingya community, so the concerned authority imposed varies fees, said a school teacher from Maungdaw.