HCM City resumes pavement clearing campaign

Hanoi to pilot zany parking scheme Hà Nội's Transport Department will pilot a project on Dã Tượng Street allowing vehicle parking on one side of streets in the city, instead of both sides used now, according to the city People's Committee Chairman Nguyễn Đức Chung. Per the project, vehicle owners will be required to park on the side of the street with odd-numbered houses on odd numbered days and on the side of the street with even-numbered houses on even numbered days, according to the project. To handle the shortage of public parking spaces, Chairman Nguyễn Đức Chung said city authorities would discuss a scheme limiting personal vehicles and boosting public transport. Under the scheme, the city will build car parks and traffic signal systems amd restrict vehicles in the city centre at certain times. Hà Nội authorities have hired a Japanese company to design underground parking stations at August Revolution Square, in Thống Nhất, Thủ Lệ and Thanh Nhàn parks and Quần Ngựa Stadium. Chung also said city authorities planned a daily time frame for environmental workers to collect rubbish from households, from 8pm to 10pm. Each year the city spends about VNĐ3 trillion (US$134.52 million) on rubbish collection, transportation and disposal. The city is going to step up mechanisation to increase labour productivity and reduce costs for these works, according to the chairman. Local authorities had considered allowing rubbish collection from 5pm to 7pm. But, after inspections municipal authorities realised that when people left out rubbish from 5pm…... [read more]

The number of traffic accidents, congestion is escalating in “hot spots” such as entrance to port , airport, city downtown and main streets in HCM City, said traffic officials at a meeting on traffic safety in the city yesterday. People can list several causes of traffic accidents and congestion yet no basic solution for the matter is feasible. Specifically, there were 2,598 traffic accidents in the first seven months of the year, killing 465 people and wounding 1,739 others, reported Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Tuong, deputy head of the city’s Traffic Safety Board. Compared to the same period last year, the number of accidents increased by 50 or accounting for 2.8 percent, while the death toll soared by 53 with 15.45 percent and the number of injured people decreased by 52 people. Traffic related deaths reduced in seven districts out of 24 while number of dead people killed on the roadways surged in 15 of 24 districts. Mr. Tuong added not only traffic accidents but also gridlock increased, especially since June during the rush hours in entrance into the city and entrance into Cat Lai Port and Tan Son Nhat Airport. The major cause is an increase of immigrant people and registered private vehicles with 180 cars and 850 motorbikes registering daily. Expansion of streets is limited. Control over vehicles in and out Cat Lai was very slow with an average of 5 - 10 minutes per vehicle. Worse, traffic accidents and sudden fires caused a long line of vehicle on…... [read more]

Several illegal parking lots have sprung up in Hanoi immediately after the city banned and revoked license of all those operating along 262 streets in the city. The Department of Transport, the Police and authorities in nine districts in the city have reviewed results after one week of the ban and conclude that several roads in the city have become much more spacious. However, a slew of other illegal parking areas have sprouted across the city. When the parking lot in front of Central Eye Hospital in Hai Ba Trung District was closed, residents in surrounding areas opened parking services in their houses, collecting up to VND10,000-15,000 per motorcycle. Similarly, now many parking areas are operating along smaller streets like Ngo Van So, Tran Quoc Toan, Tue Tinh, Ba Trieu, Ham Long, Dinh Le and Tran Nguyen Han in Hai Ba Trung District. Although these parking areas are illegal and do not issue parking tickets or charge very high fees, several people still use them to park their vehicles, as they have no choice. Nguyen Quoc Hung, director of the Department of Transport said that the department will identify streets with less traffic flow, where parking lots can operate.  In the long term, the city has a project to construct more parking lots. For the time being, the department will not issue a license to any organisation or individual to run a parking lot service along any of the 262 banned street areas.Related article:Hanoi bans parking along 262 city streets... [read more]

Ha Noi authorities have defined a series of norms to follow for the re-arrangement of the public parking system to ensure it is suitable with the city's socio-economic development and facilitates traffic order. Parking will be banned along main roads, belt roads, cross-roads and roads which are under 6.5m in width. Licences will be offered to parking lots located on uncrowded roads, unused roads and roads in the city centre where there is a high demand for parking. The municipal People's Committee agreed with the Ha Noi Police's proposal to refuse licences for parking areas on toll roads from Noi Bai Airport to the city centre. They include the route Noi Bai-Pham Van Dong-Pham Hung-Nguyen Chi Thanh-Kim Ma-Nguyen Thai Hoc-Hai Ba Trung and the route Noi Bai-Au Co-Yen Phu-Thanh Nien Road. A new public parking plan will be developed by the municipal Department of Transport and Police for submission to city authorities by the end of this month. The plan is scheduled to enter into effect on February 1 next year in Hoan Kiem, Ba Dinh, Dong Da, Hai Ba Trung and Tay Ho districts. Based on the new norms, more than 240 existing automobile lots in the five districts will not be licensed, said Tran Dang Hai, deputy chief inspector of the Ha Noi Department of Transport. Few existing parking areas meet the norms which meant that the number of illegal parking areas would increase and inspectors would be vigilant about checking and managing them, said Hai "More inspectors…... [read more]

HA NOI — Ha Noi authorities have defined a series of norms to follow for the re-arrangement of the public parking system to ensure it is suitable with the city's socio-economic development and facilitates traffic order. Authorities said they would prioritise parking lots which serve important political and social organ-isations and those that use innovative ideas, such as underground parking or multi-storey structures. Parking will be banned along main roads, belt roads, cross-roads and roads which are under 6.5m in width. Licences will be offered to parking lots located on uncrowded roads, unused roads and roads in the city centre where there is a high demand for parking. The municipal People's Committee agreed with the Ha Noi Police's proposal to refuse licences for parking areas on toll roads from Noi Bai Airport to the city centre. They include the route Noi Bai-Pham Van Dong-Pham Hung-Nguyen Chi Thanh-Kim Ma-Nguyen Thai Hoc-Hai Ba Trung and the route Noi Bai-Au Co-Yen Phu-Thanh Nien Road. A new public parking plan will be developed by the municipal Department of Transport and Police for submission to city authorities by the end of this month. The plan is scheduled to enter into effect on February 1 next year in Hoan Kiem, Ba Dinh, Dong Da, Hai Ba Trung and Tay Ho districts. Based on the new norms, more than 240 existing automobile lots in the five districts will not be licensed, said Tran Dang Hai, deputy chief inspector of the Ha Noi Department of Transport. Few existing…... [read more]

Vice chairman of the HCM City's District 1 People's Committee, Doan Ngoc Hai, believed that shadowy interest groups are making huge profits from businesses on local pavements, posing obstacles in the fight against pavement encroachment. Vice chairman of the HCM City's District 1 People's Committee, Doan Ngoc Hai return to deal with violations on street pavements on many streets in District 1, HCM City on August 7. Speaking with the Nguoi Lao Dong Newspaper on Tuesday about his returning to the clean streets campaign on Monday evening, Hai stressed that the encroachments have become more rampant recently due to a lack of management and supervision from local authorities. "We can’t have a clean and tidy city if the pavements are in a mess," Hai noted. "We are going take more drastic measures to curb the problems. We'll continue with this task until local people find it ok." The official expressed his disappointment with the leaders of some wards and said that there must be interest groups at work because of their failures to curb the violations. "Everyone knows about the huge profits earned by the restaurants or shops on the pavements," Hai explained. "They are making billions of dong a month. So some ward leaders did not follow my instructions. And some others who followed me then also decided to chase the money." Hai proposed giving the responsibility to chairmen of local wards who should be punished if failing to fulfill this task.  "I see that no one has been…... [read more]

HÀ NỘI - It may be illegal for businesses to encroach on sidewalk pavement, but it is incredibly prevalent. All over Hà Nội's inner districts, one can see pavement turned into private business sites or parking spaces, especially in crowded areas like the Old Quarter, central streets, resettlement apartments, and schools, etc. The most frequent offenders are food stalls or small streetside restaurants, since the owners always try to expand their business to available public space in pursuit of additional income. On Đội Cấn Street (Ba Đình District), from afternoon well into late night, pavement becomes thronged with sets of tables, stools, people and, of course, their vehicles. There is barely any room left to breathe, let alone walk. "These 'pavement stalls' only open from sundown. The owners have all paid informal "fees" to the ward's authority to look the other way and continue operating," explained a food stall owner. However, on record, authorities deny the existence of such fee. Violation is even more serious in the tourist Old Quarter area: the so-called 'golden estate' evidently extends to include pavement. "A small piece of the pavement claimed for selling tea or parking can provide for an entire family. The pavement is truly our livelihood", said Phương Dung - a resident at Cầu Gỗ Street in Hà Nội. Likewise, the sidewalks on other tourist streets like Hàng Đào - Đồng Xuân and Mã Mây - Hàng Bạc get transformed into giant gaudy showcased of different goods for sale like shoes, clothes,…... [read more]

Viet Nam News HCM CITY - HCM City's Transport Department has proposed to the city authority to allocate part of the land fund for street vendors to serve their trade activities. The aim is to curb pavement encroachment in the city. This proposal is mentioned in a document on measures to curb pavement encroachment in the city, which was sent to the city's People's Committee for approval. According to the document, the city's Institute of Development Research will be in charge of studying the use of pavements in the city and will prepare a plan to allocate areas for street vendors to gather and undertake their trading activities. Many peddlers have been seen setting up their pushcarts on roadbeds in the city's downtown area. In 2014, the local authority committed to stop street vendors and vehicles from encroaching upon pavements on 100 roads in an effort of curb the practice. However, the city has witnessed little success. According to district administrators, most peddlers are immigrants who do not have a permanent address and are very poor, therefore, it is hard to impose fines on them. The city's authority has asked hospitals and health clinics to allot part of its campus for parking lots or attract investors to build high-storey parking lots, the document also states. The city police have been ordered to impose strict penalties for violations related to pavement and road encroachment in the city. Figures from the department showed that the city has more than 4,890 wide and…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The chairman of HCM City People’s Committee has asked all city districts to strengthen enforcement of traffic laws as the number of accidents and fatalities rose dramatically in the first seven months of the year. The iron flyover at Hang Xanh Intersection in HCM City. The city will strengthen enforcement of traffic laws as the number of accidents and fatalities has risen dramatically. – Photo: VNA/VNS Speaking at a meeting on Tuesday about the situation, Nguyen Thanh Phong said that city districts had yet to ensure traffic safety, which was their main task. “As the head of traffic safety board in districts, do you (chairs of people’s committees) not see the seriousness of the problem? As many as 396 people have died due to traffic accidents in the first six months,” he said. “It is vital to have solutions right now,” he added. District authorities were told to speed up construction of traffic works and repair of roads, which often causes. “The city’s population has increased to 12 million, but traffic infrastructure has not developed well, leading to accidents and jams, one of the major problems in the city,” Phong said. Phong approved the city’s Traffic Safety Board’s proposal to set up two teams including staff of relevant agencies for surveillance of traffic safety. Communication on traffic safety issues will be broadcast on the city’s television channel. More cameras will be installed at the city’s gateway districts where nearly 65 per cent of traffic accidents occur. Accidents…... [read more]

Viet Nam News HCM CITY - The chairman of HCM City People's Committee has asked all city districts to strengthen enforcement of traffic laws as the number of accidents and fatalities rose dramatically in the first seven months of the year. Speaking at a meeting on Tuesday about the situation, Nguyễn Thành Phong said that city districts had yet to ensure traffic safety, which was their main task. "As the head of traffic safety board in districts, do you (chairs of people's committees) not see the seriousness of the problem? As many as 396 people have died due to traffic accidents in the first six months," he said. " It is vital to have solutions right now," he added. District authorities were told to speed up construction of traffic works and repair of roads, which often causes. "The city's population has increased to 12 million, but traffic infrastructure has not developed well, leading to accidents and jams, one of the major problems in the city," Phong said. Phong approved the city's Traffic Safety Board's proposal to set up two teams including staff of relevant agencies for surveillance of traffic safety. Communication on traffic safety issues will be broadcast on the city's television channel. More cameras will be installed at the city's gateway districts where nearly 65 per cent of traffic accidents occur. Accidents often occur in districts 2, 9, 12, Bình Tân, Thủ Đức, Hóc Môn, Củ Chi and Bình Chánh,many of which have narrow roads. Nguyễn Ngọc Tường, deputy…... [read more]




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