Vietnam seeks to ban motorbikes in big cities

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Bikes vietnamIn what could be a Sisyphean challenge, the Vietnam government is now considering to ban motorbikes from big cities in the country. After two years of implementing a government resolution on traffic safety, traffic accidents still kill 26 people and injure 81 others every day.

With traffic safety not improving significantly, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc is pushing to impose a motorbike ban in major cities. The idea has been proposed by several experts and has been met by an equal amount of opposition.

“There should be detailed and breakthrough solutions, including a plan to gradually ban motorbikes in big cities,” he said, adding that Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City should improve public transport and limit the number of private vehicles in the cities.

Vietnam has more than 37 million motorbikes and 1.6 million cars. Among the population of 90 million, most adults use motorbikes as the most common means of transport.

So far this year, traffic accidents have killed 7,812 people and injured more than 24,300 others nationwide, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC). The number of people killed in traffic accidents this year is already 123 higher than last year’s total.

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In what could be a Sisyphean challenge, the Vietnam government is now considering to ban motorbikes from big cities in the country. After two years of implementing a government resolution on traffic safety, traffic accidents still kill 26 people and injure 81 others every day.

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Bikes vietnamIn what could be a Sisyphean challenge, the Vietnam government is now considering to ban motorbikes from big cities in the country. After two years of implementing a government resolution on traffic safety, traffic accidents still kill 26 people and injure 81 others every day.

With traffic safety not improving significantly, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc is pushing to impose a motorbike ban in major cities. The idea has been proposed by several experts and has been met by an equal amount of opposition.

“There should be detailed and breakthrough solutions, including a plan to gradually ban motorbikes in big cities,” he said, adding that Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City should improve public transport and limit the number of private vehicles in the cities.

Vietnam has more than 37 million motorbikes and 1.6 million cars. Among the population of 90 million, most adults use motorbikes as the most common means of transport.

So far this year, traffic accidents have killed 7,812 people and injured more than 24,300 others nationwide, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC). The number of people killed in traffic accidents this year is already 123 higher than last year’s total.

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