Hanoi, Vietnam looks to go completely motorcycle and scooter free by the end of the 2020’s.
Having taken a draft resolution into law, the capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi, will now be looking to ban motorbikes in urban/metropolitan districts by 2030, in an effort to ease both traffic congestion and pollution. The resolution was passed late on Tuesday [3rd July].
The city has over 7.5 million people that it counts as inhabitants, and between them these citizens own more than 5 million motorcycles and half a million cars; yet despite this level of two-wheel ownership and strong, vocal opposition from local groups, Hanoi’s People’s Committee has said that this ban is an important measure and forms part of a larger call for improvements in public transport services.
Earlier on in the campaign, Hanoi Police Department were asked to survey and gather opinions from affected local residents and after 15,000 questionnaires being submitted and despite the high levels of two-wheel ownership amongst those questioned, the police claim that a huge, 84% of those polled agreed with the plan to limit ‘personal vehicles ownership’ in Hanoi. In fact, the police report a massive 90% of those asked approved of an outright motorcycle ban in exchange for a promise of improved, public transport.
According to Hanoi authorities, the current transport network simply can’t accommodate the quantity of vehicles on the road.
The authorities have proposed to carry out the resolution using a three-phase plan:
- From 2017 to 2018, the city will tighten management on personal vehicles.
- From 2017 to 2020, public transport will be developed and personal vehicles will be restricted from entering congestion hot spots alternately, on odd and even days depending on their number plates.
- From 2017 to 2030, personal vehicles will be banned from certain locations (at certain times) in order to progress with the ban for all motorcycles come 2030.