Haø Noäi to push ahead with traf­fic plan

Viet Nam News - - NATIONAL -

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

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