Hanoi has banned vehicles travelling along many local streets to ease traffic jams in the lead-up to Tet.
The Hanoi Department of Transport will enforce a ban of motorised transport vehicles weighing more than 1.25 tonnes between January 15 and February 16 during rush hours. Taxis will also be banned from certain routes at certain times.
Hoang Van Tai, Director of Van Dien Fused Magnesium Phosphate Fertilizer Joint Stock Company, said this is the time to start the main crop of farmers, therefore, the sales of the company’s NPK accounts for 50% of the total amount sold in the year in the year.
The road ban has prevented many fertilizer trucks from servicing their companies, adding up to losses for both the companies and farmers.
Nguyen Minh Toan, the Deputy Director of Ha Anh Import and Export Joint Stock Company in Dong Anh District, Hanoi, said that in previous years the ban did not affect companies as much because the city still allowed vehicles to come to the inner city through Belt Road No. 3.
But this year, this belt road is also off limits to heavy trucks besides, preventing them from any feasible rout into the heart of Hanoi.
Toan’s opinion is that the city should only ban trucks from inner-city streets and leave Belt Road No. 3 open, including the roads near it.
For the fertilizer production industry, the prime minister and the Ministry of Industry and Trade timely instructed that sufficient supply of fertilizer be allowed for farmers to start their winter-spring crops so as not to cut down on productivity.
An anonymous trader said that while the government is actively supporting companies to help them overcome difficulties, Hanoi’s road ban should be carefully reconsidered to equally favour both farmers and traders.