Restricting personal vehicles indispensable trend: Deputy Transport Minister

Restricting personal vehicles is an indispensable trend, said Deputy Transport Minister  Nguyen Hong Truong in an exchange with Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper following public concerns over a HCM City’s proposal on limiting individual vehicles to tackle traffic congestion.

Deputy Transport Minister  Nguyen Hong Truong in an exchange with Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper over a HCM City’s proposal on limiting individual vehicles to tackle traffic congestion (Photo : SGGP)

Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Hong Truong said that restricting personal means of transport has been conducted in all countries in the world to protect the environment, and improve local residents' livelihoods.

“The rapid increase of personal vehicles in Vietnam is concerning urban transport management authorities, especially as public transportation has yet to meet the demand of commuters”.

If there is no measure to tackle the surge of individual vehicles, it will be a threat to urban infrastructure and its consequences are traffic gridlock and environment pollution, said Mr. Truong.

The Ministry of Transport has asked related agencies to work out measures against personal vehicles in major cities.

One of the measures is to restrict individual means of transport but it needs a proper roadmap in which public transport will gradually replace personal vehicles.

The Ministry’s choice is to restrict individual vehicles together with to develop public transportation to meet the public demands. Once, public transport has yet meet the increasing demand, the ministry will loosen restriction.

The Deputy Minister also said that residents should obey the law and understand the policy to make the city more beautiful. Local governments should increase spreading information to make people clearly understand the benefit of new regulation for their better living environment.

By Bich Quyen - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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