The Hanoi transport department has published a list of streets and thoroughfares which taxis will be prohibited from entering during rush hours starting this month.
Workers are currently busy placing no-entry signage on the chosen streets, done as part of the municipal authorities’ bid to reduce traffic congestion in the Vietnamese capital.
The no-taxi ban is applicable to Mai Xuan Thuong and Hoang Hoa Tham Streets, the section from Mai Xuan Thuong to Ngoc Ha, during 6:30 am - 8:30am and 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm from Monday to Friday, according to the transport department.
Taxis are also prevented from going through Chuong Duong Bridge from Nguyen Van Cu Street to the city’s downtown area between six and nine in the morning on weekdays.
From 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, cabs will be restricted from entering the intersection of Nguyen Co Trach and Ho Tung Mau Streets in Cau Giay District.
Also during this timeframe, both taxis and conventional automobiles are not allowed to go on Xuan Thuy Street, the section from the Xuan Thuy – Pham Hung Intersection to the Xuan Thuy – Tran Thai Tong Intersection.
From 6:00 am to 9:00 am every day, the no-taxi ban applies for the section from Nhon into the city’s downtown through Dien Bridge.
Between 6:00 am and 9:00 am, and 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm from Monday to Friday, taxis are banned from entering De La Thanh and Kham Thien Streets.
From December 25, taxis will not be allowed to drive through Giang Vo, Lang Ha, Le Van Luong Streets during the above timeframes. This restriction aims to serve the new bus rapid transit (BRT) route going on these roads.
The Hanoi transport department has previously suggested that the no-taxi ban be applied to ride-hailing services such as GrabCar and Uber.