Politburo member, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made this request at a meeting with the city leaders on March 15.
Deputy PM Phuc asked the city to strive to reduce traffic accidents and casualties by 30% this year, and take the lead for National Traffic Safety Year 2012.
He also praised the efforts city residents and authorities have made to reduce traffic congestion and accidents over the past years.
According to a report by the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, a number of drastic measures were implemented to control traffic safety in 2011, including putting strategic traffic routes into operation, separating vehicle lanes and limiting the number of cars allowed in the city centre during rush hours.
This year, the city will continue measures to establish traffic order and discipline, including clearing sidewalks and roads, strengthening patrols, inspections and the handling of traffic and transport violations, as well as establishing a traffic control centre and raising public awareness of obeying traffic regulations.