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Ho Chi Minh City: Efforts to reduce 70% of air pollution caused by traffic
According to the latest update on the situation of implementation in the third quarter of 2017, this target has not been achieved because the city has not been able to assess the reduction of pollution rate because only the results at 12 trafific air monitoring points are used for preliminary assessment and measured results. That shows heterogeneous and decreasing increases among locations.

Then, Ho Chi Minh City began implementing projects to assess the number of vehicles circulating on the road, measuring the emission level of each type of vehicle, building the discharge load.

So far, Ho Chi Minh City has more than 790,000 cars and 7.5 million motorbikes in circulation and forecast this number will increase by 30% by 2020. Among them, millions of motorcycles have expired, self-made cars, diesel-powered trucks cause dust and toxic gas emissions that seriously affect the ambient air quality.

Government action

The key solutions are given to new bus investments by 2020, focusing on developing public passenger transport, calling businesses in the passenger transport sector to use clean fuel to replace gasoline fuel, limiting circulation to personal transport vehicles.

The Department of Transportation has deployed to the units participating in the investment project to replace 1,680 buses (project 1680) to use CNG clean fuel. By the end of 2018, the city had more than 10 electric buses and nearly 430 buses running CNG fuel out of more than 2,500 public buses, reaching over 17%. The city is trying to expand CNG fuel supply points, but progress is still relatively slow due to obstacles in price agreement with fuel suppliers and construction of new stations.

Department of Transportation continues to statistics on the number of motorbikes used to determine the number of vehicles that do not guarantee the quality of technical safety and environmental protection, propose handling measures. Review with homemade cars, unregistered vehicles to stop operating; restricting activities for motorcycles in 2030 in some central areas and areas with serious traffic congestion; piloting bicycle dedicated roads in some urban areas.

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