Odd/even parking pulls into Hanoi

By Gia Chinh   March 8, 2017 | 12:00 pm GMT+7

The capital is limiting cars to parking on only one side of the road to tackle worsening congestion.

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The parking restriction is being trialled on Nguyen Gia Thieu and Da Tuong streets, about 1 mile from Hoan Kiem Lake in the heart of the city, according to municipal transport authorities. 

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As far as the restriction goes, on even days private vehicles can only park on the even-numbered side of the road and the same logic applies on odd days.

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This way, as shown in the picture, cars are parked neatly on one side of Da Tuong Street to allow more space on the road for traffic. 

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Many streets in Hanoi, most of them in downtown areas, are constricted by vehicles parked on both sides of the road. A traffic sign, which is blue with two parallel white lines, means that no vehicles are allowed to park here on even days.

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Cars are allowed to park on one side of the road, about 1.8 meters from the pavement. 

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Hanoi’s transport officials are working on a plan to expand the parking restriction to other streets.

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The restriction only works for two-way streets with no physical divider.

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In an attempt to ease traffic woes, Hanoi's transport authorities last year unveiled a controversial three-step plan aimed at removing all motorbikes from the city, initially from the core downtown areas during peak hours, and later from suburban streets.

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By some estimates, there will be more than 7.3 million motorbikes and 1.3 million cars on the city's roads by 2025.

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