Truck travel restrictions on city roads causing gridlock at ports

Transport of commodities in and out of ports is now facing serious traffic congestion, after Decision 66 took effect early November, restricting truck travel on inner Ho Chi Minh City roads.

A representative of Tan Thuan 2 Port said that since November 14, the Department of Transport set up boards specifying that from 6am to midnight, trucks of five ton capacity were banned from travelling along Nguyen Van Linh-Huynh Tan Phat Crossroad and Nguyen Thi Thap Street and from taking a left u-turn into Tan Thuan, Ben Nghe and VICT ports.

According to new regulations, trucks entering Tan Thuan 2, Bien Dong, Vinashin and Lotus Ports from 6am-midnight must now travel an extra 30 minutes on the 15 kilometer route through Nguyen Van Linh - Nguyen Luong Bang - Hoang Quoc Viet - Huynh Tan Phat.

This extra long route has resulted in truck owners refusing to transport goods to Tan Thuan 2 Port, said the port representative.

Ly Duc Hieu from Saigon Port said that since November, heavy trucks are not being permitted to travel both ways on Nguyen Tat Thanh Street to enter Nha Rong Khanh Hoi Port, causing a gridlock.

Representatives of ports have proposed to the HCMC People’s Committee to adjust the timings and change routes banning trucks from travelling.

For instance, Saigon Port said they should permit trucks to travel on Nguyen Tat Thanh Street to enter Nha Rong Khanh Hoi Port.

Over five ton trucks should be permitted to travel on the stretch from Nguyen Van Linh – Huynh Tan Phat Crossroad to Huynh Tan Phat – Nguyen Thi Thap Crossroad from 6-9am and 4pm-9pm.

By Giang Dinh – Translated by Hai Mien

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