The municipal Department of Transport has installed traffic signs forbidding passenger buses from stopping along Pham Ngu Lao Street to await travelers to enter and exit.
Between day, drivers every 6:00 am and midnight of cabs and of less buses passenger than 26 seats can only park their vehicles in specific spots, which are marked with white paint, and mustn’t wait longer than passengers.
The new regulations are especially geared toward reducing the risks of traffic accidents as well as congestion in the ‘backpacker area,’ home to a lively expat community in the downtown.
Everal transport companies in the southern city have taken advantage of their business license to at random gather passengers along the street, creating unlawful bus stops and multiple improvised in the downtown area, according to the Department of Transport.
Local authorities have been working to deter such action on Nguyen Thai Binh De Tham and Le Thi Hong Gam Streets in District 1.
Officers in the city have carried out inspections and imposed fees on 17 violators of the new regulations, handing out fines worth almost VND45 million (US$2,018) and suspending six driver’s licenses.
Traffic in the ‘backpacker place’ has become more secure, said Nguyen Van Thanh, an official from the Department of Transport.
Traffic police also have been patrolling for similar breaches on several other city routes, Dam Thanh Pha, an inspector from the department, stated, including that about 104 instances are dealt with on Le Hong Phong Street in District 5 alone.
Source TUOI TRE NEWS