Conference talks motorbike emission control in Ho Chi Minh City hinh anh 1At the event (Photo: VNA)
HCM City (VNA) – The Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Ho Chi Minh City held a conference on December 8 to collect public feedback on a draft scheme on the pilot control of motorbike emissions in the city.

The scheme was built by the municipal Transport Department following a joint study in partnership with the Vietnam Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers and the Institute of Transport Science and Technology to measure emissions and support maintenance at eight motorbike agents in District 1, District 3, Phu Nhuan and Tan Phu districts since May.

Over 10,600 motorbikes have so far undergone emission tests, which showed most motorbikes failed to meet emission standards after five years of use. However, after maintenance, their emissions have met the standards.

According to the municipal Transport Department, Ho Chi Minh City is now home to over 7.4 million motorised two-wheelers, 67 percent of them are still on the road after more than 10 years of use.

The study showed that the city could reduce over 50,000 tonnes of carbon monoxide and 4,400 tonnes of hydrocarbon each year if it can control motorbike emissions.

Under the draft, the implementation of the scheme will be divided into preparatory stage in 2021, pilot stage in 2022-2023, partly implementation in 2024-2025 and full implementation from 2026. Total costs to 2030 are estimated at 553 billion VND (24 million USD), which will be spent on building 166 inspection stations and a database, among others.  

Deputy Director of the municipal Transport Department Bui Hoa An said apart from reducing pollution, the scheme also aims to gradually limit congestion and accidents in the city.

Experts supported the building of the scheme, but noted that the collected statistics for it are not sufficient and reliable enough. They also said solutions proposed by the scheme are not suitable, as they have failed to involve vehicle producers./.