HCMC eyes elaborate traffic regulation plans after ending lockdown

By Gia Minh   September 24, 2021 | 08:11 pm PT
HCMC eyes elaborate traffic regulation plans after ending lockdown
A woman is stopped at a Covid-19 checkpoint in HCMC's Binh Thanh District, August 30, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
The HCMC Department of Transport will divide the city into three categories to manage traffic after Oct. 1, new normal, risky and blockaded areas.

In a proposal it sent recently to district authorities and related units, it said in blockaded areas, only official vehicles and those used for Covid-19 prevention tasks and delivering food and other essential products, and hearses would be allowed.

Other will not be allowed to stop inside such areas.

In risky areas, taxis, delivery vehicles, trucks carrying all types of goods, and vehicles directly related to banking, securities, post and telecom, business support services, those carrying equipment and materials for construction, infrastructure maintenance and repair, workers, and experts will also be allowed.

In the new normal areas, or those that have basically controlled the Covid-19 outbreak, public buses, contract passenger cars and river wharves will be allowed to resume operations.

Public buses can only run on certain routes and passenger cars will be provided with QR codes.

In new normal and risky areas, trucks of under 2.5 tons can operate all day while larger ones will have time restrictions.

Occupants of all vehicles must comply with all Covid prevention regulations and complete the travel declaration forms.

The department said the city would retain 12 checkpoints at its borders and 49 other inside.

The draft plan will be submitted to the city administration after collecting feedback.

The epicenter of Vietnam’s fourth coronavirus wave, HCMC has mandated social distancing of various intensities since late May.

The most stringent, since July 9, required everyone to stay indoors and only go out for "essential purposes."

Between Aug. 23 and Sept. 15 people were instructed to "stay put wherever you are."

They are required to stay at home until Sept. 30.

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