Outdated vehicles still run on streets of Saigon

Super-old motorbikes without lights or mirrors carrying bulky things still run on the streets of Saigon, threatening the safety of others.

To control emissions in big cities of Vietnam, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc recently issued a directive banning old, outdated motor vehicles that do not meet technical standards for being used and cause pollution on the streets. 

However, VietNamNet reporters have seen super-old motorcycles (called mummy vehicles) on Saigon roads in recent days:

Tập đoàn 'xe xác ướp' vẫn tung hoành trên đường Sài Gòn

Outdated motorbikes are used to carry goods.

Tập đoàn 'xe xác ướp' vẫn tung hoành trên đường Sài Gòn

These vehicles usually have no lights, no mirrors, no horns, no license plates.

Tập đoàn 'xe xác ướp' vẫn tung hoành trên đường Sài Gòn

People often use these vehicles to carry bulky goods, causing unsafe road conditions.

Tập đoàn 'xe xác ướp' vẫn tung hoành trên đường Sài Gòn

An old motorbike is used as a rickshaw on Xo Viet Nghe Tinh street, Binh Thanh district.

Tập đoàn 'xe xác ướp' vẫn tung hoành trên đường Sài Gòn

These vehicles are a source of environmental pollution.

Tập đoàn 'xe xác ướp' vẫn tung hoành trên đường Sài Gòn
Tập đoàn 'xe xác ướp' vẫn tung hoành trên đường Sài Gòn

These vehicles are used to transport cheap goods. Drivers are ready to leave the vehicles if they are caught by traffic police because the fine is higher than the value of the vehicles.

Tập đoàn 'xe xác ướp' vẫn tung hoành trên đường Sài Gòn

Most of the drivers are poor laborers.

Tập đoàn 'xe xác ướp' vẫn tung hoành trên đường Sài Gòn
Tập đoàn 'xe xác ướp' vẫn tung hoành trên đường Sài Gòn

An old motorbike on Dien Bien Phu Street, District 1.

 
Tập đoàn 'xe xác ướp' vẫn tung hoành trên đường Sài Gòn

A motorbike with a broken light, covered by a plastic bag.

Tập đoàn 'xe xác ướp' vẫn tung hoành trên đường Sài Gòn

A man looking at a phone while driving an old motorbike on the road.

Phong Anh

PM wants old motorbikes off the streets

PM wants old motorbikes off the streets

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked the Ministry of Transport to work with localities to take old motor vehicles that do not meet circulation standards off the roads.

 
 

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