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City officials look to unclog roads

Update: March, 06/2012 - 10:18

HCM CITY — The HCM City People's Committee has sought approval from the People's Council for several measures it plans to take to reduce road accidents and ease the worsening traffic congestion.

They include cracking down on violations of road rules while also combating corruption by traffic police officers.

Tests for issuing driving licences will be made more stringent.

On a trial basis, motorbikes used in illegal road racing will be confiscated for good.

Licences issued for operating parking lots on pavements or parts of roads will be cancelled if they happen to be in busy spots.

Pavements will be cleared of all obstructions and made for pedestrians' use only, with severe penalties handed out to people illegally using pavements for any purpose.

School and office hours will be reviewed for possible changes to ease traffic during rush hour, but it will be done in a manner that ensures people's lives are not affected.

This year more funds will be allotted for proposed and ongoing traffic projects to speed them up.

The city has also sought permission from the National Assembly and Government to collect fees on private vehicles to limit their "uncontrolled" growth, with the money going into the coffers of the city's Traffic Infrastructure Development Fund.

Members of the council, who met on Thursday to discuss the measures, approved all of them. They are expected to be formally passed soon.

Tu Minh Thien, a lawmaker, brought to the council's notice the traffic congestion around many high-rise buildings in the downtown area. He called for making licensing of high-rises contingent on the buildings having enough parking space.

There were 994 accidents in the city last year, in which 842 people were killed and 461 others injured. There were 48 fewer deaths and 14 fewer people injured compared to 2010. — VNS

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