Motorbike, the most popular and convenient means of transport nowadays, will be banned in inner districts of Hanoi by 2030, with a view to easing traffic jams and reducing air pollution.
|Motorbikes will be banned in the inner districts of Hanoi by the end of 2030__Photo: VNA|
This is stated in a resolution passed by the Hanoi Municipal People’s Council on July 4.
The resolution will be implemented in three phases. During the first phase (2017-18), the city will apply solutions to effectively manage vehicles joining in traffic and enhance the state management of the transport sector. The second phase (2018-20) will focus on developing multimodal public transport while restricting the use of personal vehicles. The use of motorbikes in some areas of the city will be gradually limited in the third phase (2020-30) and banned in the inner districts by the end of 2030.
In addition to the ban on motorbikes, other measures such as odd-even car rationing, will be taken to tackle traffic congestion. The city will also apply information technology so as to improve quality and effectiveness of traffic administration work.
Hanoi now has a total of more than 5 million motorbikes and nearly 500,000 cars. It is not to mention around 1.2 million vehicles which are registered in the other localities but regularly join in traffic in the capital city.
Between 2011 and 2016, the number of motorbikes and cars has increased at an average annual rate of 6.7 percent and 10.2 percent, respectively, leading to increasing traffic congestion, especially at the city’s entrances during peak hours and holidays.- (VLLF)