Over 200,000 old automobiles ply the country’s roads though they are no longer licensed to do so, posing a threat to the community, without authorities finding a way to stop them.
Old vehicles, especially motorbike, discharging exhaust fumes exceeding permitted levels polluting the environment, are found still running on streets without fines in major cities, including Hà Nội.
A HCM City pilot car rental service for Government officials that began on May 1 is expected to save more than VNĐ100 million ($4,404) per month for the State budget.
HCM City has a 115 emergency aid centre and 24 satellite stations throughout the city, but a shortage of personnel and ambulances has seriously affected the quality of service.
People living in HCM City are suffering from photochemical smog, a kind of air pollution that’s harmful to human health.
HCM City plans to run a pilot car rental service for Government officials to reduce expenditures, according to Võ Văn Hoan, spokesperson for the HCM City’s People’s Committee.
Hà Nội’s People’s Committee has been considering measures to revoke about 2.5 million outdated motorbikes to reduce air pollution, which has risen to alarming levels in recent years.
Motorbikes’ exhaust fumes will be inspected, initially in five big cities, if a newly-proposed plan by the Ministry of Transport is approved.
In HCM City, many foreign tourists enjoy a city tour by xe ôm (motorcycle taxi), a special service for local people mostly offered by poor men.