Vietnam aims to increase public transport and reduce private vehicles | Society

A road in Hanoi during rush hour (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – It’s a urgent need for Vietnam to increase public transport and reduce private vehicle, it was agreed during a debate of representatives of nine sub-committees of the National road safety committee on December 2 as part of the ongoing 2021 Road Safety Conference.

During the event, participants focused their discussions on road safety management, international experience in road safety, traffic infrastructure and organization, traffic accident response, road vehicles, road safety for aviation, inland waterways and railways.

The former deputy head of the National Office for Sustainable Development of the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Dr Nguyen Duc Thang, said Vietnam has prioritized infrastructure expansion, but the annual growth of the demand for travel is always greater than the growth of transport infrastructure.

He pointed out several traffic paradoxes in Vietnam, claiming that the rate of private vehicles in Vietnam is higher than the price of public transport. The ratio of public transport does not increase and even decreases in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi (from around 12% in 2014 to 10% and 8% in 2015 and 2016, respectively).

Ho Chi Minh City has nearly 10 million personal motorcycles and cars, and the figure in Hanoi is nearly 7 million. Many newly constructed wide roads are still congested during rush hour.

Thang stressed the need to invest in the development of a modern bus system to meet 75 percent of daily travel needs.

Regarding Vietnam’s National Road Safety Database System, Nguyen Huu Duc of the World Bank’s Global Traffic Research Team in Vietnam said that traffic accidents can be predicted and avoided, but that systematic efforts to reduce traffic accidents may be hampered by inaccurate road safety data.

He cited an example that data on vehicles exceeding the allowed speed is not available in Vietnam, noting that a 5% decrease in average speed will help reduce the number of fatal road accidents by 20%. due to this cause.

The research team proposed five sets of data for inclusion in the road safety database based on the United Nations voluntary global performance targets for road safety risk factors, including traffic violations. speed and alcohol, seat belt, helmet and road quality./.

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