Traffic police will be deployed in greater numbers at congestion hotspots and pressed into service round-the-clock on key days in order to ensure order and road safety in and around the capital city during the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday.

Municipal transport authorities have also said that inspections will be stepped up and violations strictly dealt with.

The Hanoi People's Committee has required the capital city's Department of Transport as well as its traffic police to focus on areas where large numbers of people are prone to gather, including flower markets, the city's gateways and sites that host traditional festivals.

Colonel Dao Vinh Thang, Head of the Hanoi Traffic Police Department, said their personnel would work through the night before and after the Tet holiday to ensure smooth traffic flows and crackdown on traffic violations in the city.

All traffic policemen in the city would be mobilised to be on duty round-the-clock on weekends and on Lunar New Year's Eve (January 30), to avoid illegal street racing, he said, adding that more female traffic police officers will be posted at five major junctions.

Traffic violations that are likely to increase during the holiday, including driving without helmets, drunk driving and speeding will be strictly dealt with, he said.

In addition, tight controls will be maintained on taxis operating in the capital city, according to Hoang Van Manh, Deputy Chief Inspector of the city's Department of Transport.

The Hanoi People's Committee has also asked the Department of Transport, traffic police and other agencies to watch out for and deter those seeking to impersonate war invalids in order to use modified three-wheeled vehicles.-VNA