In August last year Vietnam announced plans to ban all motorcycles from the city of Hanoi by 2025 in an effort to solve the growing traffic problem in the nation's capital and promote public transport. But now, after the initial plans were met with strong opposition, the date has been pushed back to 2030.
There are currently around 4.9 million motorcycles and scooters on the roads of Hanoi, which was estimated to have a population of 7.7 million in 2015. There were 8,000-20,000 new motorcycles registered in Hanoi each month in 2015, with officials estimating upto 7 million two wheelers on the roads by 2020.
There is no mention of banning cars from the city's roads in the plan.
The city currently operates 1000 buses, with 27 million passenger rides a month, but plans are in place to improve the public transport system with the creation of six new metro lines, three Bus Rapid Transit lines and 18 new bridges all within the next 14 years.
The increase in privately owned cars and motorcycles has also led to an increase in pollution levels in the city and Hanoi is regularly ranked by the Real Time Air Quality Index as "unhealthy."
Hanoi isn't the first city to propose a ban on motorcycles. Pre-1999 motorcycles have been banned in Paris since July 1 2016.
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