Hanoi to ban motorcycles by 2030

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Hanoi plans to ban motorcycles and scooters by 2030 in a move that is disturbingly growing across the world and reflects an upcoming movie about a future where motorcycles are banned.

Vietnam’s capital is the second-most polluted in the world, prompting the city council to announce their intended ban on al powered two-wheelers.

Hanoi will join Paris, Singapore and Milan which ban or are planning to ban older motorcycles that don’t meet modern emissions standards and other cities that charge congestion taxes for their CBD.

In fact, studies have suggested congestion taxes for Sydney and Melbourne with the latter now considering such moves.

Motorcycles are also banned in some Mid-East and Asian cites because they are the preferred vehicles of assassins and thieves.

This move to ban motorcycles reflects the disturbingly realistic film, The World’s Last Motorcycle, which depicts a future dominated by autonomous vehicles where motorcycles are banned not only because of pollution, but because of safety.

The Vintagent Trailers: The Last Motorcycle On Earth from The Vintagent on Vimeo.

The film is not far from reality with safety nannies and greenies consistently and unfairly targeting motorcycles and riders. 

Around the world police and politicians are also seeking tougher laws on “bikies” and loud exhausts.

And in 2017, a group of American motorcycle industry luminaries, aptly called “Give a Shift”, released a report on the future of motorcycling saying bikes are in danger of being killed off by autonomous vehicles.

With the rise of allegedly safe, electric-powered automated vehicles, motorcycles will stand out as the last “dangerous” and polluting vehicle.

4 Comments

  1. “safety nannies and greenies”

    Way to go Mark. What kind of weird far-right divide & rule attitude is this – are you trying to restrict motorcycling to people who hate the world (ie. what some of you might call ‘the environment’, which just happens to be where we all live)?

    Motorcycling is amongst the most favoured form of transport amongst ‘greenies’ I know in rural areas (like me), because they tend to be more fuel-efficient than cretinously fossil-fueling 70kg of flesh encased in a tonne of mostly useless metal. That’s why I started riding (if not really why I persisted – I came to love it).

    A bit less of the exclusionary language please. Advocate for motorcycles for all of us. Leave the culture wars to the NewsCorpse numpties.

  2. Ok Hanoi, how do you plan on moving all those people around who will no longer have petrol-powered 2-wheelers?
    You can improve public transport but where will the money for that comes from?
    Will there be a rise in personal car ownership? How will you fit all those cars on the roads?
    You can have all the electric cars you want, but where will the extra electricity grid generation capacity come from? And then you have to set up charging stations all over the place which are just car parks with fancy power points and all the space they consume.

    Imagine the resulting congestion when every bike in the pic at the start of this article is replaced with a car. So there will need to be more and better roads and public transport infrastructure which is never cheap. Maybe China will help fund it all in exchange for complete political control of a country that borders the South China Sea.

    The shrinking middle class may be the last people to be able to afford personal vehicles such as motorcycles and scooters.

    There is probably more to this story than bikes, congestion and pollution.

  3. Reading a bit more about this online, I don’t understand how banning two-wheeled vehicles in favour of four-wheeled vehicles is supposed to combat either congestion or pollution. Banning all vehicles, perhaps, but surely not just one select group (and seemingly the wrong one)?

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