Hundreds of drivers travelling through the Thủ Thiêm Tunnel that crosses the Sài Gòn River in HCM City were surprised to see traffic officers handing out free raincoats during recent downpours.
The giveaway is set to run until November, as a part of a project by Sài Gòn River Tunnel Management Centre to curb traffic jams during heavy rain.
A common sight during downpours is drivers stopping under bridges or in tunnels to avoid getting wet. The stopped vehicles can worsen congestion for road users and present a hazard for other vehicles at key junctions or intersections.
A foreign resident told the writer he was surprised to see how much Vietnamese drivers were afraid of getting wet in the rain.
And, of course, sheltering under bridges is not a good solution, at least in the view of traffic officers. — VNS