Hoi An Ancient Town has restricted taxi and bus access to certain streets in the Old Quarter between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The city said the adjusted traffic plans are aimed at reducing congestion on overstretched infrastructure in the booming tourist area.
Only electric public transport will be allowed in the Old Quarter and other destinations in Hoi An, boosting “green” traffic in the Unesco-recognized World Heritage Site.
The city’s urban management unit has posted signs on several streets to warn travel agencies preparing tourist transportation plans. Cars cannot stop, park or honk their horns at 14 crossroads between certain times in the Old Quarter.
Commuters and tourists can travel from the Old Quarter at downtown stops and public parks to destinations in the Old Quarter on six electric bus lines.
The city is expected to ban all gas-powered vehicle operations in the Old Quarter by the end of the year, reserving only pedestrians and environmentally friendly vehicles such as electric cars or bicycles.
Hoi An encourages locals and tourists to raise community awareness of good-humored behavior and hospitality, promoting a friendly tourist environment to make the city the most popular destination in central Vietnam. traffic, harassing and overcharging tourists and making noise in public places.
Congestion in Hoi An has worsened as tourists flock to the ancient town, while the town’s infrastructure remains limited.
Experts from Japan said the city sees at least 10,000 vehicles a day and traffic jams often occur in the afternoon when coaches carrying tourists arrive. Motorbikes make up 77% of vehicles in Hoi An.
The city has targeted the use of 100,000 bicycles among residents and tourists in the coming years. – Vietnam News / ANN