Authorities in Nha Trang, a resort city in the south-central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa, are expected to ban big tourist buses from entering a section of Tran Phu Street to minimize congestion in the famed beachfront avenue.
The Khanh Hoa People’s Committee has tasked the administration in Nha Trang to establish a plan to prohibit buses with 29 seats and over from traveling on a 4.5km section from Tran Phu Bridge to the Tran Phu-Hoang Dieu intersection.
The plan must be submitted prior to August 15 for the ban to soon take effect.
According to Ngo Khac Thinh, deputy head of the municipal urban management office, the number of tourist buses on the road has increased at an alarming rate, causing frequent traffic jams.
About 1,800 to 2,000 of such vehicles are recorded along the route on a daily basis, Thinh continued, adding that about 115 buses with 30 to 60 seats travel on the street every hour.
|A map detailing the section of Tran Phu Street where the ban will apply|
Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, another major street that leads to Tran Phu, has also been victimized by serious congestion.
In order to implement the ban, which is hoped to alleviate the gridlocks, local authorities are required to rearrange routes along 31 streets in Phuoc Tien, Loc Tho, and Tan Lap Wards in the downtown Nha Trang, so that the buses can have alternative routes instead of Tran Phu.
Traffic police units have also been assigned with regular patrols to deal with illegal parking along the sidewalk roadway of Tran Phu Street.
Meanwhile, the municipal Department of Transport is responsible to reclaim the promenades in front of several hotels on Tran Phu, which have been occupied to make space for car and tourist bus parking.