Many car drivers' parking habit is disruptive

By Pham Anh   January 12, 2024 | 03:25 pm PT
Many car drivers' parking habit is disruptive
Cars move on a street in downtown HCMC, November 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Tung
In Vietnam, a common issue on the roads involves car drivers abruptly stopping anywhere to let passengers alight, often beside other vehicles already parked.

As a car driver for over a decade, I find this practice, reminiscent of motorbike driving habits, particularly frustrating. (I extend my apologies to those motorbike drivers who do exercise caution.)

A typical scenario involves drivers halting next to a parked car to either drop off or pick up someone. Ideally, passengers should consider walking a bit further to a vacant spot by the sidewalk, allowing the car to stop without obstructing the road.

Such double parking not only creates significant inconvenience for other road users, particularly on narrow streets, but also contravenes Vietnamese traffic regulations. This violation can result in fines ranging from VND2-3 million (US$81.58-122.37) and a license suspension of one to three months.

I sincerely hope that drivers and passengers alike become more cognizant of this rule and understand how their actions impact others on the road.

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