Previously forbidden, motorbikes of 170cc or more may be allowed to travel on expressways, with a pilot program to begin shortly.
The Ministry of Transport is to propose that motorbikes of 170cc or more be permitted to travel on the country’s expressways. Three routes will be piloted initially: Hanoi - Lao Cai, Ho Chi Minh City - Long Thanh - Dau Giay, and Ho Chi Minh City - Trung Luong. The pilot will then be reviewed and if considered successful the Ministry will propose that related laws be amended.
Though the State allows the import of large motorbikes and holds driving tests to issue driving licenses, all motorbikes are prohibited from traveling on expressways. Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang feels it’s time to look at the situation again. “Expressways are only congested during holidays, not on normal days,” he said. “Why do other countries allow motorbikes to travel on expressways but not Vietnam?”. He added that Vietnam need not follow everything other countries do, but that sometimes a change is appropriate.
Motorbikes have long been allowed to travel on expressways in Japan, China, Thailand, and South Korea.
"We should only allow one type of large motorbike to be part of the pilot initially and expand it after that," said Mr. Khuat Viet Hung, Deputy Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee. Mr. Thang, though, said that if this was done no one would have any faith in transport management and that it is contrary to the aims of the pilot.