Over the past 15 days, over 2,000 cars have been fined for parking or stopping at the wrong places in Hanoi, the capital's Traffic Police Department reported.
Hanoi traffic police handling a car that parks in a wrong place Photo: VnExpress
The fines were issued as part of the municipal police’s pilot program to handle violating cars using an imaging camera system and sending fine notices by post to the cars’ owners or sticking such notices to the cars.
According to the police, most of the owners of the cars who received notices stuck on their cars have paid the fines, but many who have received notices by post have yet to pay them.
For these owners, the police said they would send reminders twice and if they still didn’t pay the fines, tougher measures would be imposed.
Hanoi now has more than 330 licensed parking lots, including 250 lots on roadways and 80 on sidewalks, the department said.
Many of these parking lots are situated in small but crowded streets including Pham Ngu Lao, Thai Ha, Hoa Lu, Nguyen Du, and Ngoc Khanh and frequently cause congestion.
Fine notices issued by the Hanoi Traffic Police Department in the ongoing pilot program to handle violating cars by imaging them using a camera system (Photo: VnExpress)
To solve this problem, the local traffic police have requested the Department of Transport to withdraw the licenses of those parking lots that have caused traffic jams as well as order parking lots to operate on only one side of the small streets.
The police also warned the department about many illegal parking lots that have occupied both sidewalks and roadways, seriously impeding the movement of pedestrians and vehicles.