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Vientiane's traffic problems continue to grow

The Ministry of Public Security announced this week that traffic in Vientiane is becoming even more congested and accidents are on the rise, confirming what members of the public have been complaining about.

The ministry’s Traffic Police Department reported on Tuesday that the number of vehicles in the capital is increasing by 10 percent year-on-year and developments in infrastructure are not keeping pace with the growth.

They also confirmed that the most accidents are recorded in Vientiane, Savannakhet, Luang Prabang and Champassak provinces, which have the most motorised vehicles.

Director General of the Department Lieutenant Colonel Khamthavai Phetouthay said through the Security newspaper that there were around 1,288,700 vehicles registered nationwide in 2012. This figure increased to 1,439,481 vehicles in 2013, an increase of around 10 percent.

"The most crowded place for vehicles is Vientiane due to the fact it is a hub for culture and trade. We can see the problem in the rush hour in the morning, at lunch and in the evening. There is major congestion on the major roads in the central city as well as those avenues surrounding the city," Lieutenant Colonel Khamthavai said.

The department found that Vientiane also saw the highest number of road accidents from January to May this year, he said. There were 626 road accidents in the capital, which killed 76 people and left another 887 injured.

All up, there have been 2,635 road accidents nationwide since the beginning of 2014, which have resulted in 532 deaths and 4,188 injuries with damages exceeding 25.4 billion kip.



Vientiane Times




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