|A coach illegally parks in Nguyen Thai Binh street, HCM CIty. The illegal parking of coaches on streets in HCM City in order to collect and drop off passengers has been a headache for local authorities, but coach operators insist measures should be taken to create more favourable conditions for them. — Photo hanoimoi.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — The illegal parking of coaches on streets in HCM City in order to collect and drop off passengers has been a headache for local authorities, but coach operators insist measures should be taken to create more favourable conditions for them.
Tran Thuy Hanh, a local resident, told the Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that coaches are encroaching on streets in the inner city, obstructing the view of pedestrians and motorists.
Hoang Van Thai, of District 5's Tran Phu Street, complained that dozens of coaches park on the streets every day, and flocks of waiting tourists turn the street into a chaotic scene. Passengers even throw garbage and urinate on the street.
In February, Secretary of HCM City's Party Committee Dinh La Thang ordered the installation of "no parking" signs for cars with nine seats or more on Nguyen Thai Binh and Le Thi Hong Gam streets in an effort to regulate traffic in the city. However, the coach operators still reportedly commit violations.
In a recent meeting with the city's Department of Transport, Tran Thanh, Director of the Toan Thang transport company, said his company runs coaches on fixed routes from the Mien Tay (Western) and Mien Dong (Eastern) bus stations to the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. However, if the coach only picks up passengers at the station, there are usually only two to three passengers, but the number of passengers within the city centre is huge - 5,000 to 6,000 passengers per day.
He said the city prohibits coaches from parking and collecting passengers on these streets, but it has not suggested new pick-up areas, causing difficulties for businesses and passengers.
Many residents in the western region want to be transported to hospitals and back home within a day to reduce travelling expenses, Dao Van Nhat, a representative from Hue Nghia Company, said while suggesting pick-up and drop-off stations at hospitals.
Le Trung Tinh, Chairman of the city's Inter-province and Tourism Passenger Transport Association, said the transport department must soon publish legal pick-up spots in the inner city to ensure the rights and benefits of legally-operating businesses.
Meanwhile, in Ha Noi, unauthorised passenger coaches, disguised as tourist vehicles, reportedly park along main city streets such as Tran Khat Chan, Giai Phong and Nguyen Khoai to collect passengers.
Nguyen Van Thanh, Chairman of the Viet Nam Automobile Transport Association (VATA), said coaches operating in stations have to bear many fees and taxes while the management of enterprises under official contracts remains loose.
Le Dinh Tho, Deputy Minister of Transport, said on Monday that the ministry would stiffen requirements on issuing business licenses for coaches under contract, in addition to allowing these coaches to pick up passengers at designated areas only.
He urged localities to designate pick-up and drop-off spots for fixed route coaches in densely-populated places. He also asked transport businesses operating on fixed routes to launch buses to carry passengers from pick-up points to stations and vice versa. — VNS