return icon

Hanoi to conduct zoning to reduce traffic congestion

Hanoi is mulling two different options to restrict the use of motorbikes in the city before the 2030 ban.




The plan was discussed at a Friday conference hosted by Hà Nội Department of Transport on zoning to limit motorbikes and improve public transport.

Phạm Anh Tuấn, representative of the Transport Development and Strategy Institute (TDSI) under the Ministry of Transport, said from 2011 to 2018, the number of motorbikes increased by 6.7 per cent. 

“With the same number of carried passengers, the street area occupied by motorbikes is 6.8 times higher than buses,” said Tuấn.

The institute offered options to limit motorbikes on the capital's roads based on districts and traffic beltways.

In the first option, motorbikes will be restricted in 12 urban districts including Hoàn Kiếm, Hai Bà Trưng, Ba Đình and five rural districts of Gia Lâm, Đông Anh, Hoài Đức, Thanh Trì and Đan Phượng from 2030.

Some 4.74 million people, 52 per cent of the city’s population, are expected to be impacted.

The option has some shortcomings including difficulties in organising traffic flow, building parking lots and transit stations.

The second option based on beltways has been implemented in Singapore, London and China’s Guangzhou, according to TDSI. 

Among five beltway roads of Hà Nội that will be constructed by 2030, beltway road No.3 meets all standards to apply a motorbike ban. 

“This is a closed belt with wide cross section eight to ten lanes. Some sections are urban highways which can divide traffic flow," said Tuấn.

It is possible to build parking lots, transit stations and other supporting services near the road, he added.

TDSI recommended Hà Nội ban motorbikes only when the public transport system can satisfy at least 60.5 per cent of travel demand.

Some have proposed a motorbike restriction by hours on certain days and streets. Hà Nội could also ban motorbikes by expanding pedestrian areas.

In other areas, motorbikes could only be restricted from 6am to 10pm and replaced by public transport.

“To achieve this goal, by 2030, Hà Nội needs eight urban metro routes, 200 bus routes, 35,000 cabs, more than 50,000 contract cars, 20 mini bus routes and some 10,000 public bicycles,” said Tuấn.

Vũ Thị Vinh, former secretary of Việt Nam Association of Cities, cited China’s Guangzhou as an example of gradual motorbike banning to avoid disputes.

“In 16 years, city authorities raised awareness of people about the policy, restricted new motorbike registration, banned motorbikes on some streets, stopped out-of-town motorbikes from entering the city and eventually completely prohibited all motorbikes and destroyed old ones,” said Vinh.

Since Hà Nội’s most severe traffic hotspot is in the western area, Vinh recommended first implementing the ban on Nguyễn Trãi, Tố Hữu and Lê Văn Lương streets.
Vũ Văn Viện, Hà Nội Department of Transport, highly appreciated these opinions.

“The public transport system needs improving to serve 80 per cent of the city’s population by 2030 with a transit station 500m away from a residential area,” he said. — VNS


Drink and drugs play major role in traffic accidents

Drink and drugs play major role in traffic accidents

Deputy Prime Minister of the Government and Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee Truong Hoa Binh on Wednesday said alcohol and drugs are to blame for many serious traffic accidents this year.

Traffic accidents kill nearly 10,000 annually in Vietnam

Traffic accidents kill nearly 10,000 annually in Vietnam

The annual traffic-related death toll in Vietnam has risen to almost 10,000 on average over the past decade, with most of the deceased being of working age, according to data from the Ministry of Public Security.




Roaming Hanoi for 1,001 specialties from different parts of Vietnam

There is no need to travel far, just a walk around Hanoi will help you taste specialties across Vietnam.


PM to attend ASEAN-EU commemorative summit, visit three European countries


Da Nang to host Vietnam International Travel Mart

Share purchases by foreign investors hit record

In the week from November 28 to December 2, the Vietnamese stock market saw foreign investors’ net purchases reaching VND9.15 trillion, raising the total net purchase since early November to VND20.2 trillion.

Employers sell private assets to offer Tet bonuses to workers

Many enterprises in Vietnam are struggling to give Tet bonuses for their workers.

Promoting PPP cooperation to develop green agriculture in Vietnam

Promoting public-private partnerships will help improve sustainability in the agricultural sector, according to experts speaking at an event in Hanoi on Monday.

Undervalued banks winning bet for investors

The recent declines of the securities market have moved bank stocks to an 'attractive zone'. Banks were trading at a P/E multiple of 7.1 and P/B of 1.3 in late November, equivalent to the lows in March 2020.

Park Hang-seo receives Order of Diplomatic Service Merit

Head coach of the Vietnamese national team Park Hang-seo has been awarded the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit, Heungin Medal, by the Republic of Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol for his contribution to promoting friendly ties with Vietnam.

HCM City Party Secretary: robbery must not exist on streets

HCM City Party Secretary Nguyen Van Nen said the city has a bad reputation for robbery and he has asked relevant bodies to deal with this.

Positive prospects for Vietnam’s stock market in 2023

The stock market saw a trading session with the strongest growth rate in Asia on December 2 as the Vietnam-Index surged by 4.22 percent.

A look at VN fashion through “Taste of Heritage”

After three years of suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Vietnam International Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2022 returned to Hanoi in late November with eye-catching collections in the spirit of 'Taste of heritage'.

Vietnamese interested in metaverse and fintech

According to a recent report by Meta and Bain & Company, Vietnam is among the top 3 countries besides Indonesia and the Philippines to adopt new technologies such as fintech and metaverse.

The opportunity for a chip-making industry in Vietnam

Chip production will fuel Vietnam's aspiration to become a prominent manufacturing hub in the region.

R&B legend Babyface, 2022 Masked Singer Vietnam’s winner to be on stage together

The much-awaited item of the 2022 “Ho Do" International Music Festival in HCMC will be a duet performance of R&B superstar Babyface and singer Ngoc Mai who won the Masked Singer Vietnam 2022, said Director of the festival, musician Huy Tuan.

HCM City to launch overnight cruises along Saigon River

Ho Chi Minh City’s tourism authority plans to launch overnight cruises with ships accommodating hundreds of people along the Saigon River starting next year.