Private vehicle limit a must in HCMC: Department director

“Private vehicle limit will be a must in HCMC in the upcoming time because traffic system development has been unable to catch up with the growth rate of private vehicles,” said director of the Department of Transport Bui Xuan Cuong.

A traffic jam in Tan Phu district, HCMC (Photo: SGGP)​

A traffic jam in Tan Phu district, HCMC (Photo: SGGP)​

As of mid-April this year, HCMC has had about eight million vehicles including 640,000 automobiles and the remaining number is motorbikes, he figured out at a meeting on Thursday.
The city sees new registration of 168 automobiles and 816 motorbikes a day on average.
Mr. Cuong said that with such fast development speed, private vehicle limit would definitely be applied. The agency planned to submit to the city People’s Committee specific measures and a roadmap to materialize the plan in October.
The Transport Department and relevant agencies are working together to survey and build a project on private vehicle restriction and traffic jam reduction. The project will be implemented in accordance with regulations and in right process. The agencies will consult experts and scientists’ opinions and organize public opinion poll.
According to plan, HCMC needs to reduce 70 percent of exhaust fume by 2020. Therefore, the project will not only help ease traffic jam but also environmental pollution.

By VAN ANH – Translated by Hai Mien

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