Hanoi says tuk tuks not in traffic policy
Updated : 09/13/2012 11:51 GMT + 7
Hanoi does not have any policies to use tuk tuks as a bid to ease the city’s traffic congestion, director of the municipal Department of Transport said Wednesday, in response to a recent proposal to import and use the three- or four-wheeled vehicle in the capital.
“Hanoi is open to, and respects, proposals and ideas from every institution or organization in the bid to resolve the heavy traffic problem. But tuk tuks are only an idea, not the city’s policy,” Nguyen Quoc Hung told Tuoi Tre in an interview Wednesday.
Earlier the Hanoi Transport Association had proposed that tuk tuks be imported for use in Hanoi to limit the use of personal vehicles and ease congestion in the capital, saying many other countries, such as Thailand, India, and Singapore effectively use this kind of public transportation.
“Hanoi will only begin research on ideas and proposals with a high level of feasibility, while those that do not go in line with the reality, or against the law, cannot be implemented,” said Hung.
A tuk tuk-like means of transportation, called xe lam, had long been used in the country before it was removed from traffic in 2006.
This compiled photo show two kinds of xe lam, three- and four-wheeled, in Vietnam.
Xe lam was no longer suitable for transport, as its engine sounds as noisy as a tank, it is unsafe to drive, and its emissions are as polluting as a factory chimney.
With the tuk tuks proposed for use, experts and members of the public are all concerned that the imported vehicles will soon become another case of xe lam.
“How do we know the tuk tuk won’t become a dangerous vehicle on the street, and obstruct the narrow alleys throughout Hanoi?” Lao Dong newspaper wrote in its Wednesday report.