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Ho Chi Minh City deploys forces to collect nails scattered along national highway

Ho Chi Minh City deploys forces to collect nails scattered along national highway

Monday, January 03, 2022, 16:05 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City deploys forces to collect nails scattered along national highway
The motorcycles parade on the National Highway 1 section in Ho Chi Minh City's Binh Chanh District, carrying devices installed with magnets at the rear to pick up nails. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

The Youth Union and traffic police from Binh Chanh, a suburban district in Ho Chi Minh City, have teamed up with local residents to collect nails and sharp metal objects littering National Highway No. 1, according to the district authorities.

The nail-collecting squad is set to operate from the first day of the new year, in response to the annual spring volunteer campaign of local youngsters.

“The nail-collecting mission was initiated in this area a few years ago when the local motorbike taxi driver Dinh Minh Canh volunteered to collect tire-puncturing nails on roads,” said Nguyen Quang Tuan, secretary of Binh Chanh District's Youth Union.

A device installed with magnets at the rear to pick up nails on streets. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

A device installed with magnets at the rear to pick up nails on streets in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

His action then inspired the youth and functional forces to run similar campaigns regularly, Tuan said.

The squad will raise their workload from now to before the Lunar New Year holiday, which is due in late January-early February.

“Since tire-puncturing nails have remained a traffic headache to the city and posed a great danger for motorcyclists along major roads, authorities and local residents have strongly supported the squad’s operation,” Tuan shared.

Traffic police give instructions to the nail-collecting squad and control the nearby flow of vehicles on the first working day, January 1, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

Traffic police give instructions to the nail-collecting squad and control the nearby flow of vehicles on the first working day in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, January 1, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

On the first day, the squad paraded along the National Highway No. 1 section in Binh Chanh District under the traffic police’s instruction, picking up hundreds of sharp objects and brake wire cut into small pieces with specialized nail-collecting devices.

Canh, the father of this nail-collecting model, said that he had found tens of tire-puncturing nails on just a 100m long section along the highway on New Year’s Eve.

A device installed with magnets at the rear to pick up nails on streets. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

A device installed with magnets at the rear to pick up nails on streets in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

“Compared to the same time last year, the number of nails collected has decreased noticeably,” Canh said on the campaign’s first day.

“I will quit collecting nails only when no nail is found on the roads.

"I hope nails will disappear from the streets forever, bringing safety to commuters.”

Such snails and sharp metal objects are believed to be purposely scattered by repair shop owners along the roads to cause a flat tire and thus force drivers to use their service, typically at exorbitant prices. 

Hundreds of sharp metal objects were collected by a specialized device. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

Hundreds of sharp metal objects are collected by a specialized device. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

Sharp objects and brake wire cut into small pieces are picked up by the nail-collecting devices. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

Sharp objects and brake wire cut into small pieces are picked up by the nail-collecting devices. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

Tire-puncturing nails in a rhombus shape and dark color. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

Tire-puncturing nails in a rhombus shape and dark color. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

Dinh Minh Canh holds a stick of magnet sticking a lot of sharp metal tire-puncturing nails. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

Dinh Minh Canh, the father of the nail-collecting model, holds a magnet attracting a lot of sharp metal tire-puncturing nails. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

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