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​Ho Chi Minh City to focus on staggered hours to reduce traffic jams

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 14:06 GMT+7

Ho Chi Minh City authorities are focusing on carrying out staggered hours as part of their series of efforts to combat serious traffic jams.

Deputy Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Tran Vinh Tuyen has ordered the Department of Transport to review and report on the results of existing measures to alleviate local congestion.

The solutions include the limitation of trucks in downtown areas, providing buses for students and workers, and several others.

Tuyen also requested the transport department to highlight difficulties and challenges during the process and possible ways to overcome them.

Along with potential measures, focus should also be directed on the application of staggered hours for local schools, industrial parks, and export processing zones.

The transport department was required to submit a detailed plan before November 3.

Since 2007, staggered hours have been applied for students.

Accordingly, high school students are currently scheduled to start class at 7:00 am while elementary pupils begin half an hour later.

Local kindergartens are set to receive kids between 7:30 and 8:00 am.

As congestion is becoming increasingly serious in the southern hub, the municipal People’s Committee and relevant departments are planning to multiply the plan to other groups of commuters.

Although several meetings have been convened, no specific scheme has been implemented.

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