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Unregistered motorbikes seized in Muse

Oct 22, 2008 (DVB), Authorities in the border town of Muse in Shan state seized over 1000 unregistered motorbikes last week, reportedly to meet transportation demands in the new capital Naypyidaw, said locals.

A local resident said authorities had started a crackdown on illegal and unregistered motorcycles.

"It’s been over a week since they started the crackdown – they have confiscated motorbikes brought in illegally past the border check point," he said.

"The rumours said about 2000 motorbikes were needed in Naypyidaw to use there."

Thousands of unregistered motorbikes have been brought across the border into Burma illegally from Jiang Hkong in China over the years.

After the government’s Land Transportation Department announced that it was opening registration for motorbikes in June 2008, more motorbikes were brought in the meet the high demand in the country.

But recently the department stopped issuing registrations and began cracking down on the illegal entry of motorbikes into the country.

Reporting by Khin Hnin Htet

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