| Le Phuong |
HO CHI MINH CITY (Xinhua) – Vietnam is said to be a home for motorbikes as it is among the few countries in the world where this vehicle runs countrywide. Currently, motorbikes are still the most convenient means of transportation used by most Vietnamese.
According to the latest statistics from the Vietnam Ministry of Transport, Vietnam has had 38 million registered motorbikes, which makes it the world’s fourth largest motorbike market after China, India and Indonesia.
Opinions have been voiced, however, about the bikes’ responsibility for causing traffic jams and accidents in Vietnam and hence it is necessary to reduce the number of motorbikes.
However, research conducted for the national strategy on the safety of road transport still showed that by 2020, motorbikes will still be a key important road vehicle in Vietnam.
In the latest adjusted plan on road transportation development in Vietnam to 2020 and a vision to 2030, the number of motorbikes will be kept at 36 million units by 2020.
However, as of the end of March 2013, the number of registered motorbikes to the Ministry of Transport surpassed 37 million units, far beyond the scheduled 36 million units.
On average, each month, the ministry grants licences to over three million new motorbikes.
At this pace, the number will likely hit 40.5 million units by 2020, equivalent to 2.4-2.5 persons per unit.
Motorbikes are mostly used in big cities, like the capital Hanoi and southern Ho Chi Minh City, accounting for 30 per cent and 35 per cent, respectively, of the total operating in the country.
It meets 90 per cent of the citizens’ demand for transportation, accounting for 95 per cent of the total vehicles running in the country, reported the ministry.
“Many Vietnamese are using motorbikes because the price of this vehicle is suitable for the income of most users, at around 25 million VND (US$1,200) per unit. In addition, in the context of the current road infrastructure still being poor and public transport being insufficient, motorbikes are still a mobile and convenient means of transport in Vietnam,” Nguyen Thanh Phuong, deputy head of Bac Ninh Province’s Committee on the Traffic Safety, told Xinhua in recent interview.