Hanoi: Where to park?
Ha Noi bans vehicle parking in 262 streets
A parking lot on Dinh Tien Hoang Street.
The Hanoi People’s Committee on February 15 began to close hundreds of parking lots on pavements and roads in 262 streets of nine districts. However, many parking lots still operated.
Dinh Tien Hoang in Hoan Kiem District is in the list but the parking lot in front of the Hanoi Post Office still opened in the morning of February 15. Employees there affirmed that the parking lot still worked as normal. A plate with listed parking fees was placed on the pavement.
Also on Dinh Tien Hoang, bikes and cars parked in lines at the Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc square. Staffs of Hanh Ly Company, which runs the parking lot, said they knew about the ban but they were not told to close the parking lot.
Similarly, parking lots on pavements in Phu Doan Street, Hoan Kiem District, was still crowded. As the pavement was fully occupied, these parking lots allowed cars to park on the road, causing traffic jams in the morning.
Many other streets that are in the list also operated on February 15.
Many readers have emailed VietNamNet, showing their support to the ban. “The ban should have been issued for a long time because parking lots on streets caused a lot of inconvenience,” wrote Doan Tien Dung.
Nguyen Hong Chau, who owns a fashion shop on Hang Dao Street, said that parking lots occupied road and pavement and caused congestion in the Hanoi Old Quarter.
However, some people said that without these parking lots, they do not know where to park. They proposed to maintain parking lots around the Hoan Kiem Lake, where the road is clear.
Vice chief inspector of the Hanoi Department of Transport, Hoang Van Manh, said that the department had informed and withdrawn licenses of parking lots in the list.
Manh said that transport inspectors would begin checking and punishing violators as of February 16. Vehicles still parked on Hanoi’s streets on February 15:
A parking lot on Dinh Tien Hoang Street. Bao Khanh Street. Trang Thi Street. Nha Chung Street. Tho Nhuom Street. 19/2 Road. At the Central Obstetrics Hospital. Vietnam-Germany Hospital. Trieu Quoc Dat Street. Phu Doan Street. Van Mieu Street. Ngoc Khanh Street. Giang Vo Street. Ly Hoa