|Motorbikes account for more than 85 per cent of vehicles nationwide. — Photo bizlive
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam should improve public transit and road safety rather than limiting the number of motorbikes, as the two-wheeled vehicles will continue to be the country's main form of transport for the foreseeable future, participants said at a workshop on Tuesday in Ha Noi.
Motorbikes account for more than 85 per cent of vehicles nationwide. They are seen as more affordable and offering more flexibility than other vehicles, according to a World Bank study released at the workshop. Therefore, many local people are unwilling to change their habit of traveling by motorbike despite safety concerns.
Vice chairman of the National Committee for Traffic Safety Khuat Viet Hung pointed out that the motorbike was not only the most popular vehicle, but also the least safe. More than 70 per cent of traffic accidents in Viet Nam involve motorbikes.
Moreover, only 26.5 per cent of children wear helmets when traveling with their parents by motorbike. The traffic safety committee plans to launch an action plan to raise that number to at least 70 per cent, first in 13 provinces and then nationwide.
At the conference, experts also suggested ways to improve traffic safety such as improving traffic light systems and developing electric vehicles.
The workshop was co-organised by the National Committee for Traffic Safety and the World Bank. — VNS