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Will faster speed reduce traffic jams?

Update: February, 02/2016 - 10:43

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Will faster speed reduce traffic jams?

The speed limit in urban areas in Viet Nam will be increased by 10kph from the current level from March this year, when the Ministry of Transport's Circular 91 takes effect.

Besides the speed increase, the circular, released on December 31 last year, also stipulates that speed limits will vary based on the type of road, rather than vehicle, like the present.

Specifically, the 60kph limit will be applicable to roadways with median strips and one-way two-lane roads, whereas the restriction for two-way roads without median strips and one-way one-lane roads will be 50kph.

Both of the new limits are 10kph faster than current levels.

Speed limits are different among trucks, cars and motorbikes even though they travel on the same road.

In your opinion, is the increase good or bad? Why? Do you think that the new speed limit will help reduce traffic jams or could it lead to accidents? Will drivers waste less time on driving with the new speed limit?

If you are an expat, what is the speed limit in your country? Do you think it is reasonable or not and why?

Please reply by email to:, or by fax to (84-4) 3 9933 2311. Letters can be sent to The Editor, Viet Nam News, 79 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Ha Noi. Replies to this week's questions must be received by Thursday morning, February 4, 2016. — VNS


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