HCM City is considering a plan to limit vehicles on several downtown streets on weekend evenings (Photo: vnexpress.net)

HCM City (VNA) - HCM City plans to limit vehicles on several downtown streets on weekend evenings in the future, according to the Department of Transport.

Vehicles would be banned from Dong Khoi, Huynh Thuc Khang, Ham Nghi and other streets in District 1 because these streets will be developed as Nguyen Hue Walking Street.

Tran Quang Lam, the department’s deputy head, said at a press meeting on Thursday that the proposal was a tentative one.

It would proceed only after public transport and underground parking have been built.

A report from the department shows that the number of vehicles in the city rose to 7.6 million in the first six months of the year, 1.5 times higher than in 2010.

The city has 600,000 cars, an increase of 86 percent compared to the same period last year.-VNA