HA NOI — The Ha Noi Traffic Police proposed to fine parents who park on the roadway while picking up their children after school to prevent traffic jams at peak hours.
Parents are normally spotted parking along the roadway around schools at about 4-5pm everyday to pick up their children, which causes serious traffic jams especially in inner areas of the city.
The Ha Noi Department of Transport had set up signs banning parking on roadways in front of schools where traffic jams often happened, such as Thai Thinh Primary School in Dong Da District, Thanh Cong Primary School in Ba Dinh District and To Hoang Primary School in Hai Ba Trung District.
Nguyen Van Trong, a traffic policeman, told Viet Nam News yesterday that schools' managing boards should let parents park in the school yard or on the pavement to pick up their children.
"Besides, they should arrange for students in different grades to leave at different times, so that, for instance, first graders leave their class five minutes earlier than second graders," he said.
Parents parking on the roadway instead of the regulated areas will be fined between VND200,000-400,000 (US$9.5-19), said Trong.
Duong Kim Phuong, deputy principal of the Nguyen Trai Primary School in Thanh Xuan District, said she agreed with the proposal.
Phuong said that for a long time, the school management board arranged for students to leave their classrooms at different times, and regulated parking areas to ease traffic jams and ensure public order.
However, a lot of parents opposed the regulations.
"They do not want to wait even only five or ten minutes, so they push each other out of the way in order to pick up their children as soon as possible," she said.
"The strict regulation will help the school management board in raising parents' awareness, which is the most important factor in easing traffic jams," she added.
However, some parents do not support the proposal.
Tran Minh Tam, whose daughter is studying in Nam Thanh Cong Primary School in Dong Da District, said the school yard is narrow and the pavements are occupied by tea shops, so she could not find any place to park.
"Before applying the proposal, the school and local authorities should institute strict punishments for illegal tea shops around schools and try to clear them away," she said. — VNS