HCM CITY The number of private, unlicensed container and truck yards in HCM City’s districts 2 and 9 continues to increase because of a shortage of legal truck yards in the city.
District 9 has about 127 private, unlicensed container and truck yards, mostly located along Hoàng Hữu Nam, Tăng Nhơn Phú and other streets, according to District 9 People’s Committee.
Trần Khoa Nam, a resident in District 9, said the Hoàng Hữu Nam yard was recently upgraded, but many heavy vehicles travelling in the area had damaged the roads, increasing the chances of accidents.
Phú Hữu Ward has about 29 container and truck yards, according to the District 9 People’s Committee. Most yards are located on locals’ agricultural land rented to businesses.
The number of private, unlicensed container and truck yards in HCM City’s districts 2 and 9 continues to increase because of a shortage in the city. VNA/VNS Photo
While some yards have no operation licence, other yards have registered their licences under another address.
A representative of a transport company in District 9 said that his company rented an unlicensed container and truck yard and that many large vehicles were attracted to the yards in the area. But his company had no choice as the demand for container yards is high, and there were few legal ones.
Some truck drivers had been seen parking vehicles on main streets because container and truck yards nearby were full, he said.
The parking has interfered with traffic flow on the narrow Street 990 in District 9.
“It’s very dangerous when two trucks travel in the opposite direction on a six- to eight-metre wide road,” Nguyễn Hữu Phong, a resident in District 9, said.
Meanwhile, in District 2, private, unlicensed container and truck yards are located on Nguyễn Duy Trinh and Nguyễn Thị Định streets, sparking concern among local residents afraid to walk the streets at night because of traffic.
Nguyễn Thị Thanh Trúc, a resident in District 2, said that at least 100 heavy trucks travelled on seven to eight-metre wide streets in District 2 every day.
Trần Quang Lâm, director of the city’s Department of Transport, said the city was building one more container and truck yard in Thủ Đức District’s Linh Trung Ward, expected to open soon.
For the long term, the city will develop more truck yards in Củ Chi District to solve the problem. The city also has policies to pay for the interest rate on loans for firms that want to build truck yards. VNS