Traffic has become really bad over this past year because the government changed its policy on car importations. [A reform
passed in 2012 allows Burmese citizens to buy relatively new, second-hand imported cars, chiefly from Japan]. Many people have traded in their old clunkers or their motorbikes for new cars, particularly in my city, which is wealthier than the rest of the country. The result is that the roads are much more crowded.
Because parking was never really a concern in the past, there is a dearth of parking spaces available. Cars now park all over the roads, making them even more congested, especially downtown.
Another problem is that for nearly a year now, the city has been building new overpass bridges
on three of Rangoon's main roads, which is slowing down traffic quite a bit. This construction is supposed to continue into the spring.
"People are still adapting to this sudden surge in traffic"
Since all this congestion appeared so quickly, people are still adapting to it. There are many frustrated drivers who, in an attempt to bypass traffic jams, drive on the wrong side of the street. Buses and taxis are the biggest law-breakers. Personally, I prefer to drive longer distances in order to avoid these traffic jams.
I don't think this Facebook group is going to help police catch law breakers, but hopefully it will help spread awareness of the problem and encourage people to abide by traffic laws instead of making the roads worse for everyone.