|Trucks run on Provincial Road No 391 in Hải Dương City. — VNA/VNS Photo|Viet Nam News
HẢI DƯƠNG — Trucks with four axles or more will be banned from the provincial roads No 391 and No 395 of northern Hải Dương Province from January 15, the director of the provincial Department of Transport Lê Đình Long said on Friday.
This is part of the provincial People’s Committee efforts to reduce the number of traffic accidents in the province this year.
Even though the province has prohibited trucks with four axles or more from entering Provincial Road No 391 from 17:00 to 22:00 every day since October 2016, the risk of traffic accidents on this route is still high since over 30,000 factory workers and students from nearby factories and schools walk on both sides of the road during peak hours, according to the transport department.
Statistics show that some 45,700 trucks with four axles or more used the road in December 2016 (an equivalent of some 1,400 trucks per day), heavily damaging its surface.
The number of traffic accidents on road No 391 and the number of casualties in 2016 both increased by 330 per cent compared with 2015.
Provincial Road No 391 is a route heavy truck drivers use to avoid toll stations since toll fees were increased on National Route 5 and on the Hà Nội-Hải Phòng Expressway in December 2015.
Since many vehicles travel through road No 391 to enter National Route 38B, it is predicted that traffic accidents on National Route 38B will increase.
The stretch that crosses the Hoa Hồng Road of the Provincial Road No 395 is in the same condition. Many vehicles used the stretch as a shortcut to enter road No 391 and damaged its surface.
More than 20 traffic accidents happened on road No 395 in 2016, killing 22 people, increases of 11 traffic accidents and 9 casualties compared to 2015. — VNS