Many trucks carrying soil, stones or sand have been seen speeding dangerously and causing serious pollution in many areas of Ho Chi Minh City. Readers have recently sent complaints to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper about the risks of accidents and the severe pollution created by trucks that carry construction materials on many routes in District 2, District 9 and Tan Binh District. A man named Sang whose house is on La Xuan Oai Street in District 9, said, “A group of about 50 trucks carrying soil and stones travel on this street and Lo Lu Street every day. These vehicles are overloaded and their loads are usually not covered carefully with canvas sheets.” As a result, soil and stones easily fall off the trucks and dust from them disperse into the air before clinging to everything or falling to the ground, causing serious environmental pollution, Sang complained. “We have reported the situation to the district authorities but it has yet to improve,” Sang said. Minh Nguyet, a woman living on Go Cat Street in Phu Huu Ward, in the same district, said she has to leave her doors and windows closed almost all the time to avoid dust released from construction materials dropped by trucks that use the street. “Dust also fell to the ground and piled up into a thick layer, so when I sprayed water to clear it away, it turned into a layer of dangerous, slippery mud spots,” Nguyet said. Also facing a ‘dust storm’ caused by trucks carrying building materials are residents on Luong Dinh Cua Street in Binh Khanh Ward, District 2. A local woman named Van told Tuoi Tre that trucks often travel on the street from 7:00 am until the evening every day, scattering dust and shaking houses. Even on An Duong Vuong Street in District 5, which belongs to the city’s central area, residents are also suffering from the same dust pollution caused by trucks that often carry building materials to the construction site of an apartment building there. The loads of these vehicles are usually not covered with canvas sheets, locals said. Not only do they cause pollution, such trucks are also presenting threats to people and other vehicles thanks to their speeding, as seen in the area under the flyover at the intersection of Hoang Hoa Tham and Cong Hoa Streets in Tan Binh District. At 11:15-11:30 am every day, a group of six to seven trucks travel at high speed on Cong Hoa Street and turn onto Hoang Hoa Tham Street to reach Ly Thuong Kiet Street, a local taxi motorbike driver told Tuoi Tre. “Sometimes, such trucks even jump the lights,” the man said. A woman named T.H. living on Luong Dinh Cua Street in District 2 also said, “I am very worried whenever I use this street, as many trucks carrying construction materials are more often than not speeding and scattering dust from their loads.” As witnessed by Tuoi Tre reporters, about 10 overloaded trucks and cement mixing trucks used the street every 30 minutes the other day. These vehicles had no canvas sheets covering their loads and ran at very high speed on the crowded street, even at rush hour. Police actions
Lieutenant Colonel Mai Van Sang, deputy head of the traffic police team in District 9, said residents on many streets have lodged complaints to the local police and People’s Committee about risks of accidents and dust pollution caused by overloaded, speeding trucks that carried loads without covers. “Local traffic police have summoned the drivers of many such trucks and warned them not to commit the same offences again for the sake of traffic safety and environmental protection,” Sang told Tuoi Tre. Major Nguyen Dinh Duong, head of the traffic police team in Tan Binh District, said that trucks are allowed to use Hoang Hoa Tham only after 12:00 am. Lieutenant Colonel Lai Van Ba, head of the Cho Lon traffic police team in District 5, said that he will order more patrols on routes where trucks often travel to ensure traffic safety and environmental protection. Patrols and examinations will be strengthened on An Duong Vuong Street, where trucks often carry construction materials to the construction site of a building, the official said.