HCMC finalizes traffic regulation plan post-lockdown

By Gia Minh   October 2, 2021 | 03:00 am PT
HCMC finalizes traffic regulation plan post-lockdown
Traffic on an overpass at the intersection of Pham Van Dong and Nguyen Thai Son Streets in HCMC's Go Vap District, which link the city's center with Tan Son Nhat airport, October 1, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
Buses, taxis, and contract passenger cars with under nine seats can resume operation with limited capacity in HCMC from Oct. 5.

For road passenger transport activities, operators of taxis and passenger cars will have to respectively limit their number of vehicles to less than 20 and 30 percent compared to their full fleets.

Ride-hailing firms are allowed to resume business with cars of less than nine seats, but the number of vehicles on the street must be kept under 10 percent of the total.

Non app-based ride-hailing vehicles can be used for tourism services with agreement from authorities.

The Department of Transport will issue a QR code identification certificate for registered cars. Depending on epidemic control in each area, the number of vehicles would be adjusted accordingly.

For now, all app-based and traditional motorbike taxis will continue to suspend operations.

All types of goods transportation have resumed as normal within the city. Trucks carrying goods into and out of Ho Chi Minh City must show a QR code identification certificate issued at vantai.drvn.gov.vn or via the VNEID application. All cargo trucks running through the city are not allowed to stop halfway, except for emergency cases.

For waterway transportation, Binh Khanh Port in Can Gio District and Cat Lai Port in Thu Duc City will run as normal along with a number of passenger wharves along rivers and inland waterways.

All commuters are required to declare information via the VNEID application and show a QR code showing vaccination information via the "Y te HCM" (HCMC healthcare) or SSKDT app (electronic health book).

Those that cannot use smartphones to present the QR code need to present documents proving that they have recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months or received at least one vaccine dose in the past 14 days.

To return to HCMC, travelers must have documents proving their permanent residence and work in the city (household registration, temporary residence certificate, identity card), negative Covid test result certificate issued within 72 hours; and permission to move inside HCMC from the competent authority.

Those seeking to exit HCMC must fall into certain categories, including taking care of patients, pregnant women, people with kids, or interviewees for going abroad. They must have recovered from Covid-19 or gotten vaccinated, test negative, and have relevant documents.

The city will create facilitating conditions for people from other localities to enter for purpose of medical treatment.

HCMC, the epicenter of Vietnam's latest Covid-19 wave, started reopening its socio-economic activities Friday after going four months under various levels of social distancing.

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