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Car ban in Cát Bà Island lifted

Update: January, 31/2018 - 15:00
Under 12-seated cars are allowed to go back to Cát Bà Island. — Photo laodong.com.vn
Viet Nam News

HẢI PHÒNG — After a five-day ban, under 12-seater cars were allowed to go to Cát Bà Island via Gót-Cái Viềng Ferry in the northern city of Hải Phòng.

This was announced by Hoàng Triệu Hùng, deputy director of Hải Phòng City’s Department of Transport. The decision came into effect from Tuesday midnight.

Previously, the Hải Phòng People’s Committee had banned all cars to Cát Bà with the intention of building a smoke-free, ecological tourism island.

Under the ban, the Gót-Cái Viềng ferry had refused to transport cars to the island.

Meanwhile, cars from Quảng Ninh Province via Tuần Châu Ferry are allowed onto the island.

Instead, the People’s Committee permitted Đất Cảng Trade and Transport Service Company to put into operation 40 buses transporting passengers from Cái Viềng Ferry to Cát Bà Township.

The bus runs every 10 minutes, with a fare of VNĐ25,000 for a single ticket.

However, the ban faced a protest from the island people because there were no buses for children going to schools in the mainland.

Besides, the ban resulted in a loss for tourism companies who paid thousands of billions of đồng to buy vehicles.

The ban was lifted after five days. — VNS


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