02/10/2018 15:05 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Fees on personal vehicles proposed to tackle traffic congestion

Imposing fees on personal vehicles going in and out of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City is being proposed as a solution for traffic congestion in the country’s two biggest cities. However, experts doubt the feasibility of this proposal.

Traffic jams have grown into big headaches for Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City authorities. Hanoi now has 41 spots with constant congestion, and Ho Chi Minh City, with 37.

Fast growing ownership of personal motorbikes and cars in recent years have overloaded the cities’ transport systems, causing serious congestion, and thus should be limited, according to those proposing the fee imposition.

But experts are skeptical about the feasibility of this proposal as a way to curb personal vehicles.

Khuong Van Muoi, President of the Ho Chi Minh City Architects Association, said the imposition of fees for vehicles going in and out of particular areas might prompt drivers to choose other roads, thus causing congestion in new areas.

Experts also pointed out that any solutions for traffic congestion would barely work because many new residential buildings are still being built in the centers of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City where roads are not wide enough to accommodate heavy traffic flow.

The experts went on to say that solutions for the problem must ensure sustainability, otherwise, it would only waste money and create more troubles for the people.