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Self-modified three-wheel vehicles run ignoring ban

Update: March, 07/2013 - 04:00

HCM CITY (VNS) — Self-modified three-wheeled vehicles continue to be spotted on the streets of HCM City, despite a ban on them coming into force on Sunday.

The decision to prohibit the vehicles' use on certain streets throughout the day was signed by vice chairman of the city People's Committee Nguyen Huu Tin on February 19 in a bid to curb traffic congestion in the inner city.

Ngo Van Nam, 30, a driver of the vehicles, told Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper that he knew about the ban and had purposefully ignored it.

"I have no choice because I still have to earn a living," he said.

Nam added that he did not transport bulky goods and drove slowly to avoid catching the attention of police.

Trinh Quoc Thanh, 49, from the city's Thu Duc District said that he earned just VND200,000 (US$9.5) by transporting goods with his self-modified three-wheeled vehicle.

"I had to borrow most of the VND80 million ($3,800) needed to buy it shortly before the ban came into effect," he said.

Instead of stopping using his vehicle for the transport of goods, Thanh has decided to continue and risk being punished by traffic police as he needs to earn a living.

In the first few days of the ban, drivers breaking the new law will be given a gentle reminder. However, in a few weeks time they will deal more strictly with violations, an officer from the city's Police Department confirmed.

The committee have ruled that anyone caught operating one of the vehicles outside of the permitted hours will be fined VND500,000.

Currently the vehicles are banned between 5am and 1pm and 4pm and 10pm in streets including Cach Mang Thang Tam, Le Thanh Ton, Nguyen Huu Canh, Ton Duc Thang and Tran Hung Dao. — VNS

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