Air pollution from vehicles top concern of city authorities

Last update 07:30 | 11/02/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – In HCMC and Hanoi, air pollution caused by vehicles is even more serious than pollution from industrial zones, environmental experts say.

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The HCMC Transport Department has reported that pollution caused by transport activities has become alarming.

There are more than 8 million vehicles in HCMC, including 7 million motorbikes, which produce a huge volume of emission, worsening air pollution and harming people’s health. The figure is 6 million in Hanoi.

Bui Xuan Cuong, director of the HCMC Transport Department, at a working session with the HCMC leaders, reported that the environment monitoring indexes in the second quarter of 2016 were higher than that of the same period of 2015.

Seven out of 15 spots in the city were reported as having CO increasing by 1.11-2.18 times, while 11 out of 15 spots have dust increasing by 1.02-1.64 times, and eight spots have NO2 going up by 1.02-1.31 times.

Seven out of 15 spots in the city were reported as having CO increasing by 1.11-2.18 times, while 11 out of 15 spots have dust increasing by 1.02-1.64 times, and eight spots have NO2 going up by 1.02-1.31 times.

If every motorbike consumes 0.5 liters of petrol and every car consumes 1 liter a day, the 7.3 million motorbikes and 600,000 cars in HCMC would consume 4 million liters of fuel and produce a huge volume of emissions.

According to the HCMC Environment Protection Sub-department, air pollution is mostly caused by suspended dust from transport activities. The average content per hour of suspended dust monitored in the third quarter of 2016 in 20 spots in HCM City was between 87.70– 715.93 μg/m3, while 43.75 percent of monitored value could not meet the Vietnamese standard QCVN 05:2013/BTNMT (the concentration of suspended dust is 300 μg/m3 per hour).

The traffic jams in the city make the pollution even worse. The air pollution at Go Vap Roundabout, Nguyen Kiem, Xo Viet Nghe Tinh and Bach Dang streets is more serious because there are too many motorbikes, cars and buses which discharge emissions at the same time. In districts 2, 9 and Thu Duc, the dust sometimes is so thick that it looks like fog.

The same situation can be seen in Hanoi. Tay Son, Truong Chinh, Giai Phong and Nguyen Xien roads are dusty because of the heavy traffic there.

The HCMC Transport Department has proposed to the HCMC People’s Committee to urge the Prime Minister to approve the MOT’s plan to control vehicles’ emission.

Under the plan, MOT will draw up a roadmap for applying emission standards for motor vehicles with the capacity of 175 cm3 and higher in 2018-2020.

MOT initially intended to apply the plan on a trial basis in some large cities before applying it on a large scale in all localities. However, implementation has been delayed for many reasons.

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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