HCM CITY — The HCM City traffic police have turned their attention to self-modified three-wheel vehicles to make sure no unregistered vehicle plies the streets.
In Tan Binh District, for instance, they have fined and impounded more than 100 of these vehicles, which were operating without licences.
In 2010 the city decreed that only unmodified, new three- and four-wheeled vehicles can operate, though not on 68 designated streets, including around the airport and the East-West Highway.
Besides, they are also banned between 5am and 1pm and 4pm and 10pm.
Nguyen Thanh Su, head of the Thu Duc District traffic police office, said officers recently also fined and seized dozens of new, unmodified three-wheeled vehicles for using fake registrations.
"We will continue to work on [it]," he said.
After the announcement of the ban with effect from January 1, 2010, the city offered to provide existing owners financial support to find new livelihoods.
They were given VND5-7 million if they surrendered their vehicle to help train them in other vocations.
For those who wanted to continue providing transport services the city gave a grant of VND9 million ($400) for switching to small vans.
Most of the modified vehicles are used to provide transportation for goods or collect garbage. —VNS