HA NOI — Traffic jams in Ha Noi decreased sharply after the ban on pavement and street parking, despite the low public awareness of the ban, said Tran Dang Hai, deputy inspector of the Ha Noi Department of Transport.
The Ha Noi People's Committee's ban, taking effect on February 15, closed pavement and roadside parking lots on 262 streets in nine districts.
The ban was implemented well on some streets such as Hang Bong, Hue, Ba Trieu, Dien Bien Phu and Nguyen Thai Hoc, thus there were fewer traffic jams on these streets, Hai said.
Some problematic parking lots, such as that of the National Eye Hospital and the Viet Nam-Germany Hospital, were cleared away. The department also withdrew the permits of 174 parking lots in the past month for disobeying the ban.
However, small traders on some streets, such as Kim Ma, Quan Thanh and Phan Dinh Phung, intentionally ignored the ban, he said.
Most of violators who were fined were customers of these shops.
"We do not have enough patrolmen to keep close watch all day and night, thus violations are continuously repeated," said Hai.
Meanwhile, Nguyen Tran Binh, owner of a shop on Kim Ma Street, complained that his customers could not find any motorbike parking, thus were forced to violate the ban.
The number of customers to his shop decreased by 20 per cent after the ban as people hesitated to stop due to a lack of parking.
"Why don't authorities set up some public parking lots so that small traders like us can keep our customers as usual?" he said.
Hai said that the municipal People's Committee has asked the Ha Noi Parking Company to set up two pilot projects of parking lots on Tran Nhat Duat and Nguyen Cong Hoan streets.
The projects are expected to be approved this month, and the parking lots are scheduled to open to public this September. — VNS