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HCMC draws up plan to prohibit passenger cars from entering inner city

Under a draft plan opened by the HCM City Transport Department for public opinion, the plan on prohibiting passenger cars from entering the inner city will be implemented in two stages.

The department has submitted the overall study report on traffic organization in the city to the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee and related agencies.

According to the department, the goal of the plan is to set up a solution to control large passenger transport vehicles to help restrict traffic jams and prevent unlicensed coaches that cause insecurity and traffic disorder, and affect urban beauty. Also, the plan will help reduce the number of vehicle accidents in the inner city.

Under the proposal, the passenger car restricted area would be limited by Highway No1 in the north and west; Hanoi – Mai Chi Tho – Dong Van Cong in the east; and Vo Chi Cong – Phu Mty Bridge – elevated road – Nguyen Van Linh in the south.

The transport department has designed two options to prohibit passenger car from entering the inner city from 6 am to 10 pm which will be done in two stages, from now to 2025, and from 2025 to 2030.

From now to 2025, sleeper buses will be restricted under both options.

In 2025-2030, vehicles with 30 or more seats will be prohibited under Option 1 and vehicles with 16 or more seats will be prohibited under Option 2.

According to the department, both options would reduce the occupied road surface area and increase the average transport speed in the central area. Also, they will help solve traffic disorder.

However, Option 2 is expected to have a bigger impact on socio-economic development and on most passenger transport firms in the city.

The transport department suggested choosing Option 1 as it would have a milder impact but would still ensure transport activities.

As of 2021, HCM City had under its control nearly 8.5 million vehicles, including 37,445 passenger transport vehicles.

According to the department, passenger cars from other cities and provinces that enter HCM City but don’t enter the six coach stations of the city make it more difficult to control vehicles and enforce violations.

In some areas on Highways No 1 and 13 (Thu Duc City), at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Tan Binh district, and in the area with two filling stations near Hang Xanh Crossroads in Binh Thanh district, violations related to picking up and dropping off passengers often occur.

The transport department has applied many solutions to re-organize traffic and fix routes in order to help mitigate traffic jams. It issued a regulation on restricting and licensing cargo transport vehicles, and trucks circulating in the inner city, in order to restrict heavy trucks during the daytime and light trucks during rush hours.

Tuan Kiet


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