|Coaches pick up passengers illegally on Giai Phong Road in Ha Noi's Hoang Mai District. There are a large number of buses in the city operating outside assigned routes. — VNA/VNS Photo Bui Tuong
HA NOI (VNS) — Many buses in the capital have been operating on routes for which they aren't registered, according to the Ha Noi Department of Transport.
Records from the Viet Nam Directorate of Roads' tracking system showed evidence of buses following the wrong routes. Residents call them "turtle buses." They move slowly through the streets looking for extra passengers. This causes more traffic jams and accidents, according to the department.
Three Ha Son Transport and Tourism buses registered to travel between Ha Noi's Nuoc Ngam Bus Station and the northern mountain province of Lao Cai were found operating on Tran Binh and Ton That Thuyet streets near the My Dinh Bus Station, halfway across the city from their registered route.
A Viet Nam Commerce and Communication Company bus was also found near My Dinh Bus Station, far from its route from Yen Nghia Bus Station to Y Yen in Hai Hau Province.
Nguyen Hoang Linh, deputy head of the Department of Transport, said there were a large number of buses in the city operating outside of their assigned routes, stopping and picking up passengers outside of designated zones.
The department has asked local authorities and the city's traffic police to look for buses that operated out of their assigned routes, the deputy head said. Transport inspectors who failed to perform their duties and allowed these buses to operate would also be held accountable.
In addition, he said bus companies that were found repeatedly in violation of their route assignments would risk having their operating licences revoked. Bus stations in the city were also ordered to refuse service to those companies. — VNS