Stricter traffic rules
According to Khoi, the number of traffic accidents has decreased considerably and congestion has lessened for two years since the implementation the Government’s Decree No. 34.
Increased penalties has proven to be an effective deterrent, he said.
Over the past two years, city police have dealt with over 1.1 million cases of traffic violations, collecting fines amounting to VND290 billion (USD13.88 million).
Police have also seized 3,647 cars and 36,514 motorbikes and confiscated over 121,000 driver's licenses over the same period.
He added that vehicle seizures have not yet been used for common violations, such as running red lights or evading traffic police, but that it could be a tool to reduce repeat violators. If the proposed penalty increases are approved, Khoi expects that it will increase road safety.
The proposed new regulation would apply vehicle seizures to street racers.
He suggested that a vehicles be confiscated for 10 days for common traffic violations and that fines in the inner city be doubled.
Measures to improve traffic infrastructure
“In the near future we will intensify inspection on roads and intersections that see heavy traffic or a high number of accidents. This will help us to improve the the overall situation," he said.
An accident at the Nguyen Trai-Khuat Duy Tien intersection
The city will continue to expand its programme of designated lanes for particular vehicles on more streets while reviewing the results from Ba Dinh, Hoan Kiem and Hai Ba Trung Districts.
The city will also attempt to complete construction of four parking lots nearby Tran Nhat Duat, Nguyen Cong Tru, Nguyen Cong Hoan and Nguyen Khanh Toan Streets as well as an underground lot located at Hang Da Market this year.
Construction will start on eight more parking lots in urban and residential areas in Hoan Kiem, Ba Dinh, Hai Ba Trung, Long Bien and Tu Liem District in 2012. The city will build 33 more bus stations and parking lots during the 2012-2015 period.
By 2015, the city will have built 15 new overpasses for pedestrians and upgraded 35 bridges in need of repair. A major crosstown road is set to be built between 2013 and 2015.
There are also plans to build a rapid bus route, named BRT, which will run from Kim Ma Street to Ha Dong District this year.
The Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway section will be put into use in 2012 and Nhon-Hanoi railway station section in 2016 while construction on Nam Thang Long-Thuong Dinh and Ngoc Hoi-Yen Vien sections will start in 2014.