Updated  
March, 09 2012 10:23:51

Pavement parking ban to ease

 

Taxis parked on a street in Ha Noi. The ban on parking in some streets will be modified to meet overwhelming demand for space. — VNA/VNS Photo The Duyet
HA NOI — Ha Noi has approved a Transport Department proposal to lift the ban on parking by all vehicles on the pavements of some streets in the inner city to meet the overwhelming demand for parking spaces.

The decision was made three weeks ago after the city announced a ban on the use of pavement and roads for parking on more than 260 streets. The ban was later met with local objections due to a serious shortage of parking spaces.

Municipal People's Committee vice chairman Nguyen Van Khoi said the city would allow some parking lots to remain open on Bui Thi Xuan, Trieu Quoc Dat, Hoang Van Thu, Hoang Hoa Tham, Phan Dinh Phung and Hoang Quoc Viet streets.

These streets, mostly with hospitals nearby, would have to meet requirements including leaving at least 1.5 metres for pedestrians and not blocking the entire pavement, he said.

The city has also agreed to add three more routes in Long Bien District to the list of no parking zones, including Nguy Nhu Kon Tum, Le Van Thiem and Khuong Dinh-Lu Bridge.

To deal with the overwhelming parking demand after the ban, Khoi required district level people's committees to conduct street surveys and propose appropriate areas for parking before next Tuesday.

Khoi also asked the Department of Planning and Investment to work with relevant authorities to speed up the progress of 33 parking lots and report to the city this month. Construction of at least two underground parking cars in Thong Nhat Park and Co Tan Garden would begin in the last quarter of this year.

The city requested the Department of Transport to follow the progress of the transport development project and report in June.

Different down South

The HCM City People's Committee has asked authorities in districts to take drastic measures to stop pavements being used for parking as well as for commercial purposes.

Nguyen Trung Tin, deputy chairman of the city's People's Committee, said that districts should strictly impose fines so that pavements could remain clear. He asked that the city to revoke the licences of shops that used pavements for parking vehicles.

"Each district had to impose a deadline for pavement clearance and ensure that deadlines were met," Tin said.

He also asked the city's Department of Transport to work with bus and taxi operators to ensure that their vehicles park in regulated places.

Le Toan, deputy director of the city's Department of Transport, said that city districts were committed to keeping pavements and roadsides on 159 streets clear for pedestrians and to remove obstacles that impeded the flow of traffic.

However, Toan said that pavements and roadsides on 116 streets were still being used for parking lots and by shops, causing traffic chaos.

The city has nearly 2,400 parking lots, and of that amount, 1,437 use the pavement or parts of the pavement to park vehicles, according to a report released by the city's Department of Transport.

More than 300 parking lots operated without licences and 300 parking lots collected fees exceeding regulated price rates, according to the report. — VNS

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