|Passengers jostle to board a bus to northern Thai Binh Province. The Prime Minister has approved a national strategy that gives greater importance to develoment of railway and waterways over road transportation. — VNA/VNS Photo The Duyet
HA NOI (VNS) — A major restructuring of the nation's transportation sector will see market shares of railway routes and inland waterways increase and that of roadways reduce.
The restructuring plan is contained in the national transportation development strategy (until 2020 with vision extending to 2030) that has recently been approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
The strategy targets overall improvements in transportation services, reduced fees, transport order and safety, environment protection, meeting rising transportation demand for goods and passengers, and increased competitiveness.
The plan estimates that by 2030, 4.3 billion tonnes of products and 14 billion passengers will be handled by the transport sector, following an annual growth of 6.7 per cent and 8.2 per cent respectively in the transportation of goods and passengers during the 2021-2030 period.
The opening of new air routes, significant improvements in the quality of taxi services and speeding privatisation of State-run transportation enterprises are also envisaged in the plan.
Transport Minister Dinh La Thang has asked departments nationwide to review health check mechanisms for drivers of commercial vehicles, to ensure that only people of good health are granted licenses. He said the review has to be completed and a report submitted to him before May 31.
Thang has also asked relevant agencies to carry out inspections of bus stations across the country, and announce their findings publicly.
The minister has also asked vehicle registration centres nationwide to improve their operations, requiring that a hotline for receiving public feedback is established before March 30. — VNS