Hanoi, HCMC to limit motorcycle traffic on trial

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued strict guidelines to limit motorcycle traffic in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on trial, as part of a pilot scheme to ease traffic congestion nationwide.

Primary school children receive free-of-charge helmets under a traffic safety education program (Photo: U. Phuong)

Once the pilot scheme is successful in fighting the traffic gridlock in the two major cities, it will be implemented in provinces across the country.

Under the guidelines of the new order, related ministries, agencies and provinces will have to strictly monitor motorcycle drivers who ignore wearing the mandatory protective helmet or who drink and drive.

Any driver caught will be subjected to a blood test to check alcohol content. Traffic police officers have also orders to seize motorbikes partaking in illegal motorcycle races.

Phuc stressed that the people’s committees of Hanoi and HCMC must work with related agencies to implement this pilot scheme to limit vehicular traffic or ban vehicles from plying in congested areas during rush hours.

Phuc has also asked the Ministry of Transport and other related ministries to suggest provinces in which a pilot scheme for imposing penalties on traffic violators can be successfully conducted. Currently, Hanoi and HCMC is implementing heavy fines on unruly and undisciplined drivers.
The deputy prime minister also criticized the northern province of Yen Bai, the central provinces of Binh Dinh, Ninh Thuan, Quang Tri and the Mekong delta provinces of Dong Thap, Kien Giang and Vinh Long for slack management of the Traffic Safety Committee in their respective provinces.

The People’s Committees of these provinces have been asked to strengthen their Traffic Safety Committees by next October.

The National Traffic Safety Committee reported that 8,948 traffic accidents occurred during the first eight months of the year, killing 7,550 people and injuring 6,908.

By Phan Thao – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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