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Hanoi may ban motorbikes by 2030

Released at: 18:57, 13/05/2019

Hanoi may ban motorbikes by 2030

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by Jessica Nguyen

"The city is determined to implement the project to prevent traffic congestion. If the public transport is better, the city would accelerate the ban on motorcycles before 2030," Mr. Chung said.

According to Ha Noi’ Chairman, many Chinese cities now do not use motorcycles, but switching to use electric vehicles or bicycles; by 2022 many European cities do not use gasoline-powered cars. The distance from the subway station to the bus stops is usually 500-1,000 m, so people mostly walk to reach these public transport points.

From this fact, Mr. Chung suggested that workers "should improve walking habits within one to two kilometers, as well as switch to cycling to be friendlier to the environment.” In the coming time, the city will develop buses of 16 to 24 seats with the route to industrial parks or densely populated areas. This is also one of the solutions to limit personal vehicles, towards reducing traffic congestion.

Earlier, at a meeting with leaders of Ha Noi City People's Committee took placed in March, Director of Ha Noi Department of Transport Vu Van Vien said that the Department had been studying to submit to the People's Committee and Ha Noi People's Council the project of building a roadmap to reduce the use of motorbikes within the city’s districts gradually and proceed to completely stop using them in 2030. Mr. Vien also stated the viewpoint of "banning motorbikes as soon as possible". In particular, the suspension of registration with new motorcycles is also discussed.

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