Haø Noäi to push ahead with traffic plan
HAØ NOÄI — The Government has approved Haø Noäi’s proposal to charge private vehicles that enter congested areas across the capital as part of the effort to alleviate traffic and pollution.
Deputy Prime Minister Vöông Ñình Hueä requested the Haø Noäi People’s Committee submit the plan to city People’s Council.
The People’s Committee was also asked to work with relevant ministries to complete a proposal on emissions fee scheme for Government’s approval.
In September, the city People’s Committee submitted a plan to Prime Minister Nguyeãn Xuaân Phuùc asking for permission to gradually cut the number of vehicles in the central districts of the capital city.
The plan details three proposals, including a new fee on vehicles entering the districts in question, an extra fee for pollution and administrative tools to manage electric bicycles and cars.
These are the key strategies Haø Noäi authorities intend to use to enact the city’s master plan on congestion and pollution management, approved by the Haø Noäi People’s Council in 2017.
However, this type of fee is not included in the current law, so the transport ministry has been asked to review the plan and pass it to the central Government and National Assembly for official approval.
Estimates say Haø Noäi will have over six million motorbikes and 800,000 cars clogging its roads by 2020.
Those numbers will continue to climb, and could hit 7.5 million motorbikes and 1.9 million cars by 2030, threatening to worsen the city’s already poor air quality. — VNS
A traffic jam on a downtown street in the capital city of Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Huøng