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Ban on motorcycles under discussion
By Le Anh
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Ban on motorcycles under discussion

By Le Anh

Motorbikes are the key means of transport in Vietnam - PHOTO: LE ANH

HCMC – Experts have voiced concern over the ban on motorcycles from entering downtown HCMC over the next few years, noting that the solution may be inefficient and will cause traffic jams at ring roads.

Speaking at a conference held by the HCMC Fatherland Front Committee on March 1 to discuss a draft to improve public transport and curb the use of private motor vehicles, participating experts proposed the ban on motorcycles should be reconsidered.

Lawyer Nguyen Van Hau, vice chair of the HCMC Lawyers Association, stated that motorbikes remain a major mode of street transport, accounting for 90% of the total vehicles on roads. Meanwhile, public transport has yet to meet residents’ travel needs.

The lawyer was also worried about the feasibility of the ban, adding that it could go against residents’ travel rights as the country has yet to issue regulations prohibiting people from travelling.

It is necessary to work out a solution that would see residents choose to stop using their own vehicles when traveling to the city center, Hau said, adding that this would be more effective.

Nguyen Minh Hoa from HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities remarked that barring motorcycles from the downtown areas was not a good solution for easing traffic congestion.

Hoa proposed creating more centers in HCMC similar to districts 1 and 3, resulting in better management of traffic-related problems as the creation of multiple centers would see the migration of traffic away from problem areas.

“The ban on motorcycles from the downtown districts has been on the radar screen for a while, but the Government has encouraged the development of motorbikes,” Hoa noted, proposing that the Government launch restriction on the manufacture and trade of motorcycles so that the ban on motorcycles can have positive results.

In addition, Huynh The Du of the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program stated that HCMC authorities should reconsider the ban as residents will drive cars if they are barred from riding motorcycles into the center. Traffic jams may fail to be addressed as a result of this unfeasible practice.

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