|Authorities in HCM City and neighbouring provinces should focus on preparations for traffic safety during the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, Deputy Minister of Transport Le Dinh Tho has said.— Photo giaoduc.net
Speaking during his visit to HCM City recently, Tho, who is also a standing member of the National Traffic Safety Committee, called on the traffic police, transport departments and local authorities in the south to be vigilant since there would be a sharp increase in traffic during Tet.
Tran Quang Lam, deputy director of the city Department of Transport, said relevant authorities estimated traffic to increase by 20 -30% compared to normal days and 5 – 10% in comparison with last year.
“Tan Son Nhat International Airport would see a 25% rise from last year.”
To prepare, authorities have collaborated with the media to raise public awareness on traffic safety during Tet and plan to set up a hotline during the festival for traffic problems, he said.
The city would operate 55,000 buses during the festival with 12 – 58% higher fares, he said.
“Great attention has been paid to 35 places with frequent traffic congestion along with Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Sai Gon Railway Station and Cat Lai Port.”
Police patrolling would be increased to ensure safety and order, Lâm said.
“The city will try to reduce the number of accidents and ensure no traffic jam lasts more than 30 minutes during the Lunar New Year.”
HCM City’s neighbouring provinces like Long An and Tien Giang also reported plans to ease traffic during Tet.