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Saigon Will Use CCTV to Catch Illegal Parking on 14 Streets Starting Today

As of now, cameras to monitor illegal parking have been installed on 14 streets.

According to Dan Tri, CCTV cameras are in place on Le Duan, Hai Ba Trung, Dien Bien Phu, Nguyen Thai Hoc, Pasteur, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Truong Son, Nguyen Thi Nghia and Ly Tu Trong streets. 

The move is part of an effort to improve traffic flow. At the moment, it is unclear whether further streets will be added in the future, but if this happens, residents will be notified seven days before cameras are installed. It is also uncertain how much the fines will be worth, or how exactly they will be levied. VietnamNet adds that people can find information related to recorded violations on the city's traffic portal

Saigon has struggled with parking for years, as explosive car ownership growth has seen no concomitant development of parking lots or garages. In late 2016, city officials announced the possibility of a nine-floor parking garage in Lam Son Square, but all that sits there now is a tiny patch of flowers.

Earlier that year, they had also discussed the construction of 'smart' parking lots throughout the city, but that plan went nowhere.

For years, there was discussion of a parking structure underneath Le Van Tam Park as well, but that was cancelled in July 2019 because the investor had not carried out any work on the project.

Also that month, a construction company was given permission to begin work on a parking lot below Tao Dan Park, something that had been proposed nine years earlier, but no progress has been made.

Beyond public parking, many residential complexes also don't have enough space for their residents to park their cars. Maybe just don't buy a car?