HA NOI — The adjustment of work and school times, amongst a host of new measures to improve the traffic situation in the capital, have proved effective.
The conclusion was drawn at a working session between the municipal People's Committee and relevant agencies yesterday to review the situation one month after implementing measures, also including the ban on illegal parking across 262 streets.
The municipal transport department reported that traffic jams have been reduced by between 5-15 per cent during rush hours.
The overall number dropped by 30 per cent while that of traffic accidents reduced by 40 per cent over the past month.
However, municipal People's Committee Chairman Nguyen The Thao said that, despite positive achievements, traffic jams remain a serious problem on streets such as Truong Chinh, Kim Ma, Ton That Tung and Chua Boc.
The Ha Noi Institute of Social and Economic Development Studies proposed that municipal authorities continue studying the efficiency of time adjustments.
A February survey revealed that measures would only help improve the traffic situation on inner city streets, while having little effect elsewhere.
Measures have been found to be incapable of sufficiently reducing vehicle numbers.
The institute proposed flexible solutions for specific areas based on the level of traffic problems in each.
Chairman Thao admitted that the adjustment of work and school times was only a temporary measure and needed to be applied flexibly to not affect everyday life. — VNS