Car rally for April 30 celebrations sees police close off certain streets.
The centre of Ho Chi Minh City experienced a huge traffic jam on the night of April 24 and a similar problem expected on the morning of April 26 due to a car rally being held.
By 6pm on April 24 police had ringed off the area for the rally rehearsal and prohibited any other vehicles from entering. This caused traffic disorder on many streets in the city center and surrounding areas.
Traffic Police and many young volunteers manage traffic flows at intersections but the number of vehicles kept growing. At 7pm the Traffic Police Force began to use barriers to redirect vehicles on to Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street.
“The traffic was too heavy but we had to let cars proceed to ease the traffic jam,”” a police officer said. “The plan to redirect traffic on to Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street failed to fix the traffic jam.”
Earlier, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transportation announced a traffic plan to cater for the car rally, being held as part of the “Liberation of the South Ceremony” on April 30. All vehicles have been banned from entering the established inner ring (except for Cach Mang Thang Tam, Ham Nghi, Le Lai, and Pham Hong Thai) from 4 am to noon on April 26 and April 30.