Da Nang prohibits scooters on peninsula following spate of accidents

By Nguyen Dong   October 16, 2019 | 12:35 am PT
Da Nang prohibits scooters on peninsula following spate of accidents
Tourists visit Son Tra Peninsula on scooters, 10 kilometers from Da Nang's center. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Dong.
Da Nang has banned scooters on the Son Tra Peninsula, a popular tourist attraction, following a number of deadly accidents involving scooters.

The city People's Commitee has required the Department of Tourism to start public bus services by October 25 at the latest to take people around the peninsula on a pilot basis for three months. Motorbikes (manual transmission) have not been banned.

The issue of riders’ safety on Son Tra has been in the spotlight following a series of accidents despite authorities' warnings the area is dangerous due to twisting and sloping roads.

On July 28 a woman crashed her scooter (automatic transmission) while driving her 72-year-old mother-in-law and daughter, causing the passengers to fatally fall off a cliff.

In early May two students on a scooter lost their balance on a hill and crashed. A girl, 19, died on the spot while her companion, a boy, escaped with a broken arm.

The People's Committee has also given the Department of Transport the deadline October 20 to install prohibition signs on the peninsula and provide navigation instructions to drivers.

The city military unit will station personnel at guard posts set up on the peninsula by the tourism department to keep an eye on riders, especially at night.

Son Tra Peninsula, covering more than 4,400 hectares (10,880 acres), boasts beautiful, long beaches, and primeval forests in central Vietnam. It is home to the biggest langur population in the country. 

Da Nang authorities warn about dangerous roads on Son Tra Peninsula.

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