City delays ban on modified
vehicles until June
The HCM City government has
decided to delay a ban on modified three- and four-wheel vehicles until June to
give their owners time to find other jobs following agreement of the Prime
These vehicles will operate in
the city from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. until June 30, the city government said in a
decision announced just before the Government resolution banning modified three-
and four-wheel vehicles in circulation from January 1, 2008.
The vehicles collecting garbage
are given an extra two hours until 6 a.m.
But those vehicles without
license numbers and pushcarts can only be used until February.
In HCM City alone, the ban will
affect some 60,000 people whose livelihoods depend on these modified vehicles,
mainly poor people.
The city administration also
asked relevant agencies to provide financial assistance for the owners and
operators to find other jobs.
The Saigon Transportation
Mechanical Corporation (SAMCO) has been asked to prepare a project to produce
four-wheel vehicles and submit it for consideration by next month.
The city�s Traffic Safety Board
and the Committee for Poverty Reduction will cooperate with districts to analyze
the number of poor families using such vehicles to earn a living. The 100
poorest ones will be presented four-wheel vehicles.
(HCM City, January 3, 2008)