The 12th International Conference of the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies (EASTS) is set to take place in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong from July 18-21. (Source: easts2017.com)

HCM City (VNA) – The 12th International Conference of the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies (EASTS) is set to take place in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong from July 18-21.

Themed “Safe, Green and Integrated Transport”, the conference is expected to gather some 600 experts, with discussions focusing on pavement maintenance, public transport, traffic management and parking regulations, among other topics.

Some specific issues in Vietnam, such as traffic jam in urban areas, environmental pollution, and traffic accidents would also be tabled.

At a press conference on the conference held on July 18, Vo Khanh Hung, deputy head of the Ho Chi Minh Transport Department, the business hub is facing traffic congestion and pollution, and is looking for solutions and technologies from experienced EASTS member countries.

The department would present four topics at the conference – the management of private vehicles in line with urban development planning, global trend of smart traffic, traffic safety enhancement for vulnerable vehicles, and overhauling public transport system.

Tran Ba Luan, vice director of the Binh Duong Transport Department, the southern province is home to 2 million people, half of whom are migrants.

The entire province recorded about 1 million motorbikes and over 100,000 cars, not to mention a flow of vehicles from other localities travelling through Binh Duong to reach the Mekong Delta on a daily basis. As such, traffic jam has become a pressing issue.

Binh Duong hopes to learn about the management of the transport infrastructure system via the conference to come up with feasible policies in the future, Luan noted.

EASTS was founded in 1994 as an umbrella organisation of transportation science societies in East Asia. It has 19 members across the region.-VNA