Hanoi to ban taxis on multiple streets during rush hours

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - City dwellers and experts are concerned about the effectiveness of the bus rapid transit (BRT) route connecting Kim Mã and Yên Nghĩa, which is being launched later this month. The city's transport department says the rapid bus system is designed to serve the travelling public and reduce traffic jams in the capital. A one-way ticket will cost VNĐ7,000 (30 US cents) and is expected to cut travel time in half compared to travelling on a regular bus. However, to ensure the smooth operation of the rapid bus, the Hà Nội administration has recently given the green light to banning certain vehicles at rush hours, between 6am and 9am, and 4:30pm and 7:30pm, as of December 25. In the first stage, trucks with a capacity of above 500 kilos will be banned from Lê Trọng Tấn, Tố Hữu and Vạn Phúc streets. Taxis will be prohibited from driving on Giảng Võ, Láng Hạ and Lê Văn Lương streets. The ban will also be applied to trucks and motorbikes in the two flyovers of Láng Hạ-Huỳnh Thúc Kháng and Lê Văn Lương-Láng to enable the rapid bus to complete its 14km route in about 30 minutes. A city dweller, Đào Hoàng Phương, 28, said that if motorbike drivers are banned from the two flyovers at rush hour, they would be forced to drive on other roads and create traffic jams there. "So, if one of the aims of bus rapid transit is to curb traffic jams…... [read more]

Hanoi to ban taxicabs from other localities Da Ban By Da Ban - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Taxicabs from other cities and provinces will be prohibited on Hanoi’s roads, an official of the capital city said at a meeting on traffic safety held Tuesday. Nguyen Quoc Hung, vice chairman of the capital city’s government, said the city’s Department of Transport would issue a specific badge for Hanoi-registered taxi operators on August 14 in order to distinguish them from taxicabs from other localities. “Taxicabs without the Hanoi-issued badge will be required to go back to their localities when carrying passengers into Hanoi and are banned from operating in the city’s area,” Hung said. According to the city’s transport department, 107 taxi operators are doing business in Hanoi with more than 17,000 cabs. From 2012, the capital city has stopped issuing new business licenses for taxi operators from other cities and provinces but around 2,000 cabs registered in other localities are still operational in the city at present. The ban is said to be a move to restore order of the city’s taxi market, which is now in a great mess due to competition among different operators, according to the city authorities. Lawyer Le Thanh Kinh, head of HCMC-based Le Nguyen Law Office, said the ban means Hanoi authorities limit the right to do business of taxi firms registered elsewhere. The Ministry of Transport’s Circular 18, which came into force on August 16 last year, does not allow authorities to…... [read more]

Hanoi’s Department of Transport has announced a list of 21 construction sites that have been deemed responsible for traffic congestion, threatening to revoke the licences of the projects which continue causing severe traffic jams. Construction on the Thanh Xuan Tunnel has taken up large parts of the street Most of the listed sites are transport constructions started years ago including the Cat Linh-Ha Dong Urban Railway project. This project is taking up large parts of major roads. A representative of Transport Department said, "Nguyen Trai Street is about 20 metres wide but now, many sections have been reduced to just 5 metres. Traffic police and inspectors from the department will monitor those sites and may revoke the licences of projects that continue to obstruct the traffic." Construction units have been urged to speed up their work and monitor their use of space. Investors in the Cat Linh-Ha Dong Urban Railway have to send out employees to direct traffic flows. The authorities have banned taxis from using the Phuong Liet section during rush hour in order to deal with congestion while the construction of Ring Road 2 is being carried out. The city Transport Department have asked managers of Nhon-Hanoi Station to adjust their construction sites and remove barriers at sections which have no work currently being undertaken on them.... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - In a move to reduce traffic chaos and unhealthy competition among taxi drivers, vehicles licensed outside the capital will be banned from operating in the city, the municipal People's Committee has said. At a conference on traffic safety on Tuesday, vice-chairman of the committee, Nguyen Quoc Hung, said the municipal Transport Department would grant new badges to city taxis last Friday. The taxis will be required to display the badge, which will be of different design to vehicles licensed outside the city. Taxis without the city badge will not be allowed to operate in the city, Hung said, adding that traffic inspectors and local police would keep a close watch on the situation. Figures from the city's Transport Department show that more than 17,000 taxis are licensed in the city. About 2,000 others from the neighbouring provinces of Ha Nam, Bac Ninh, Vinh Phuc and Hung Yen are also operating in the capital, adding to traffic congestion and chaos. Ha Noi stopped granting new licences to taxis two years ago. Hung said officials from the department would work with taxi firms in the city to install new badge. The work would be completed by next month. Le Thanh Kinh, head of Le Nguyen legal firm, said that the ban on taxis from outside the city would restrict the right to trade. He said the Ministry of Transport's Circular 18 on taxis, which took effect last August, did not ban taxi enterprises from a certain city or province…... [read more]

The city of Hanoi will ban taxis from other cities and provinces from operating within its borders. Taxis in Hanoi require new stamps The deputy director of Hanoi Department of Transport proposed giving out 'special stamps' to taxis allowing them to operate in city beginning August 15. This stamp will be valid for a period of 24 months. Transport companies will be responsible for the collection and return the outdated stamps, which must be returned to the Department of Transport within five days of the issuance of a new stamp. A representative of Hanoi People's Committee said that this new policy is expected to improve the management and the quality of transport companies. The stamp will also help to differentiate taxis with licenses issued in Hanoi from those of other provinces. Detailed regulations and methods to prevent taxis from other provinces from operating in Hanoi will be announced by the city people's committee. Authorities in Hanoi have been trying to deal with thousands of unregulated taxis. Ha Quang Vinh, an inspector from the Hanoi Department of Transport, said Hanoi has 19,000 known taxis, of which, about 2,000 are not under the management of municipal authorities.... [read more]

HA NOI (VNS) - In a move to reduce traffic chaos and unhealthy competition among taxi drivers, vehicles licensed outside the capital will be banned from operating in the city, the municipal People's Committee has said. At a conference on traffic safety on Tuesday, vice-chairman of the committee, Nguyen Quoc Hung, said the municipal Transport Department would grant new badges to city taxis on Friday. The taxis will be required to display the badge, which will be of different design to vehicles licensed outside the city. Taxis without the city badge will not be allowed to operate in the city, Hung said, adding that traffic inspectors and local police would keep a close watch on the situation. Figures from the city's Transport Department show that more than 17,000 taxis are licensed in the city. About 2,000 others from the neighbouring provinces of Ha Nam, Bac Ninh, Vinh Phuc and Hung Yen are also operating in the capital, adding to traffic congestion and chaos. Ha Noi stopped granting new licences to taxis two years ago. Hung said officials from the department would work with taxi firms in the city to install new badge. The work would be completed by next month. Le Thanh Kinh, head of Le Nguyen legal firm, said that the ban on taxis from outside the city would restrict the right to trade. He said the Ministry of Transport's Circular 18 on taxis, which took effect last August, did not ban taxi enterprises from a certain city or…... [read more]

Hanoi authorities will ban taxis licensed outside Hanoi from operating in the city in an effort to reduce traffic congestion and unhealthy competition among taxi drivers. Starting on August 15, the Hanoi Transport Department will grant new badges to city-licensed taxis to distinguish them from taxis licensed outside Hanoi, news website VnExpress reported. Taxis without Hanoi badges will not be allowed to operate in the city. The municipal authorities have ordered traffic inspectors and local police officers to keep a close watch on these "outside" taxis as well as unlicensed taxis. According to the Hanoi Transport Department, around 2,000 taxis from neighboring provinces such as Ha Nam, Bac Ninh, Vinh Phuc and Hung Yen are operating inside Hanoi. Theses taxis contribute to traffic congestion and create unhealthy competition for Hanoi's licensed cabbies, the department says. There are 107 taxi operators with more than 17,000 taxis and 20,000 drivers in Hanoi, performing an average 100 million trips each year. Hanoi stopped granting new taxi licenses in 2012.... [read more]

Ha Noi has more than 17,000 taxi operating in the city and the parking area needed for them is about 10-15ha, but current acreage accounts for only 5-10 per cent of their total need, according to the Ha Noi Taxi Association. The Ha Noi department of Transport and Communications has proposed another 300 parking lots for about 3,200 taxis, compared with the 32 current parking lots with stopping times limited to 15 minutes. The initiative resulted from the fact that many taxi drivers have to stop on banned streets and other crowded areas to pick up or drop off their customers, making traffic jams worse, said Nguyen Hoang Linh, deputy director of the department. Taxi driver Nguyen Van Long, from the Phu Dong Taxi Co, said, "Once I took a sick man to Bach Mai Hospital. I had to stop at the gate to let him out of my taxi, but suddenly the police came and fined me VND800,000 (US$40). I know very well that it wasn't a drop-off area, but how was my customer supposed to deal with their problem if the parking is over 1km from the hospital gate. "The fine is nearly one third of my monthly salary. First I thought I should give up my job, but how else could I earn a living to feed my small children and my ailing parents," Long said in tears, adding that it's not completely his fault, but rather the city's for having a shortage of parking lots. Like…... [read more]

HA NOI (VNS)— Ha Noi Transport Department has banned taxis from the busiest streets in the inner city during peak hours from yesterday until February 7 to curb traffic congestion. Accordingly, taxis will not be allowed to run during 6.30 - 8.30am and 4-7pm on De La Thanh (the section from Giang Vo Street to O Cho Dua Street), Nguyen Luong Bang Street (the section from Dong Cac Street to Ho Dac Di Street), Tay Son Street, Ton Duc Thang Street and Le Duan Street (the section from Tran Nhan Tong Street to Dai Co Viet Street). Last year, the department imposed a similar ban that effectively curbed traffic congestion in the city in the days leading up to the lunar new year. — VNS... [read more]

HA NOI (VNS)- The Ha Noi Transport Department has banned taxis from the busiest streets in the inner city during peak hours from today until February 7 to curb traffic congestion. Accordingly, taxis will not be allowed to run during 6.30 - 8.30am and 4-7pm on De La Thanh (the section from Giang Vo Street to O Cho Dua Street), Nguyen Luong Bang Street (the section from Dong Cac Street to Ho Dac Di Street), Tay Son Street, Ton Duc Thang Street and Le Duan Street (the section from Tran Nhan Tong Street to Dai Co Viet Street). Last year, the department imposed a similar ban that effectively curbed traffic congestion in the city in the days leading up to the lunar new year. -- VNS... [read more]




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