HCMC plans downtown ban on sleeper buses starting mid-December

By Gia Minh   November 16, 2022 | 06:15 pm PT
HCMC plans downtown ban on sleeper buses starting mid-December
Sleeper buses on Hung Vuong Street of HCMC's District 5, November 15, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Gia Minh
The HCMC transport department has proposed that sleeper buses are banned from downtown areas from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. starting December 15.

The move, intended to get rid of unlicensed bus rides and stations and relieve traffic congestion, was mentioned in a draft regarding traffic organization for sleeper buses, sent from the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport to the municipal People's Committee.

Sleeper buses will be banned in the area surrounded by the National Highway 1, Nguyen Van Linh, Vo Chi Cong, Nguyen Thi Dinh, Dong Van Cong, Mai Chi Tho, and Hanoi Highway. However, they can still run on these streets, which lie at the city's eastern and western borders.

Sleeper buses can enter the Eastern Bus Station in Binh Thanh District, where passengers leave for HCMC's eastern neighbors and central provinces. They can enter the Western Bus Station which provides transport services to Mekong Delta localities.

There are around 58 transport businesses with around 1,600 vehicles running on these routes. HCMC also has over 1,350 transport units with 91,000 buses that serve private travel purposes.

City authorities have reported several cases of unlicensed bus rides and stations in downtown areas over many years, in districts such as District 5, District 1 and District 4.

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