On normal two-lane roads, the limit has been increased from 40kph to 50kph, while on urban highways with a central reservation it’s now 80kph for cars and 60kph for motorbikes. Prior to the beginning of this month it was 60kph and 50kph respectively. The changes are in line with the standard speed limits used around the world.
Says a Ho Chi Minh City-based car driver, Nguyen Van Phuc, “It was crazy before. I would drive on the highway at 60kph and it was so, so slow. I reckon there were more accidents because of how slow you had to drive, people just got frustrated. Now it’s increased to 80kph it’s about right.”
According to another car driver, Duong Quoc Tin, the new speed limits will make the traffic move faster. “We get so many traffic jams in the big cities, that there has to be a way to solve them. This will definitely help.”