Double deckers screech to a halt

HANOI, 26 July 2017: Just weeks after double decker tourist buses were introduced at tourist destinations, Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport has called a temporary halt to the project.

Tuoi Tre News reported the decision was announced only seven months after Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc approved a five-year pilot programme, in November 2016, to operate double-decker tourist buses in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, Quang Nam, Hue, Lam Dong and Kien Giang.

According to the transport ministry, the trial programme has been temporarily put on hold until new directions are given by the PM based on feedback from ministries and local authorities.

As of last month, the ministry received responses from its finance, public security, and tourism counterparts, as well as local authorities from the seven localities where the pilot programme was launched.

While the transport ministry did not specify whether the responses cast doubt on the viability of the double-decker bus programme, it did request that the pilot programme be halted, “pending final feedback from the prime minister’s office,” the report said.

Tourism officials and tour operators expressed surprise saying the suspension came a little late for the companies that had invested in the venture and may cause considerable losses.

The first double-deck bus to ferry tourists around the city on sightseeing tours started its trial run in Hanoi 31 June. In Danang, a fleet of more than 10 double-deckers made started services earlier this month.

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  1. “The first double-deck bus to ferry tourists around the city on sightseeing tours started its trial run in Hanoi 31 June.”

    June has 30 days.

    Whenever it started, it’s a shame the buses were removed. I hope they return.

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