Thaton, 8 October
Military council’s administrative body in Mon State’s Thaton Township issued a local order prohibiting two men from riding on the same motorcycle starting on October 6, locals confirmed to Than Lwin Times.
A motorbike restriction was imposed after a former military captain from Thaton Township was shot dead by Thagon-PDF members on October 3.
According to the local order, two men cannot ride a motorcycle together, a man cannot sit behind a woman, and two women can ride on a motorcycle or a woman can ride behind a man.
According to Section 188 of the Penal Code, if two men are found to be riding together on a motorcycle, they may be sentenced to one month of imprisonment without labor, a fine, or both.
A few days before the local order on motorcycle riding was issued, regime forces conducted searches at the entrances and exits of the town, including near the Shae Sar Yan Pagoda in Thaton, according to the residents.
Locals say that the military council’s restriction on motorcycle riding may harm motorcycle taxi drivers, commuters, and vendors.
On October 1, a local order was imposed prohibiting two men from riding motorbikes together in Paung Township, where police were frequently shot.
Local orders were issued in Kyaikto, Belin, Thaton, Paung, and Ye townships of Mon State to prevent two men from riding together on the same motorcycle after the military coup.
News-Than Lwin Times