A bit of foreign traffic culture

One summer night of 2012, I took the Eurolines bus from Paris to Amsterdam. Because it was very difficult to sleep when I was on an airplane or a train, I stayed up all night. Wherever the bus stopped, everyone who go down and up I would know. When I just crossed the Belgian-Dutch border, the bus stopped for a few minutes in Breda to pick up a small number of guests and then rushed to go away in the night. On the way out of the city, the bus stopped waiting for a green light at an intersection with no traffic. At that day, I sat close to a window at the first row so that the red light in the middle of the deserted night pointed straightly at my face, I was thinking by myself that in Vietnam no one would stop. But this is the Netherlands. About a minute after the green light is turned on, the driver hit the gas and the car slowly rolled. It was the first time I felt how truly the peak of cultural traffic consciousness was.

Anyone who has ever traveled to the West will see the traffic police force not having to work hard on the sunshine beams to divert traffic at intersections or “hide” on national highways like ours. Ten years later, I met some traffic police officers handling a road accident, traffic distribution for festivals or priority car navigation. Instead, the camera system and the speed shooting machine like looms across the streets support people very effectively in ensuring traffic order. Of course, machines that do not differentiate traffic participants are civilians or officials, farmers or 5C members should never have a “phone call for relatives” or “ask a local consultant team”. But whenever the machine “out of hand” is rare. So, he was naturally walking on the road to see a flash of light (like a camera flash) and prepared to receive a fine ticket. In the United Kingdom, speeding errors must be paid at least £ 100 and received 3 penalty points, accumulating enough 12 points in 3 years will be deprived of a valid or indefinite period of time. All violations will be filed and the tickets will be sent to the vehicle owner by post, delayed payment will be doubled, tripled, or even doubled. Further headaches are insurance companies that rely on records every year to beat the pocket of gods. The more a God who “collects” a lot of penalty points, the higher the driving speed is, so more insurance must be paid.

On one occasion through Vienna, my friend told me that the same city had a former Vietnamese who violated traffic but fled the fine because there was no need to drive later. Tens of years later, the man who applied for Austrian citizenship and was shocked to receive the ticket now increased exponentially to almost € 10,000. Truly expensive!

Did you know that German soccer star Marco Reus used to pay € 540,000 for a speed error

If crossing the road at the pedestrian line is always a terror in Vietnam, it almost never happens in Western countries. A few days ago, I started to practice walking after surgery, stomping along with crutches on the road like a turtle. But every time passing the line for pedestrians, the vehicles give way. Ten times as a mistake, all cars and motorbikes were all stopped to wait patiently for the turtle to cross the road. Every time, going close to the other side of the road I always raise my hand to give thanks. And every time, the driver always smiled with his hand in response, not showing any irritation at all.

HCM city Traffic in the eyes of foreigners

In the city I live in (and lots of places to visit), the lane in the same street is always reserved for buses, like the Nguyen Trai street in Hanoi. People participating in traffic never encroached on the bus, so the bus was alone with a fast track. At peak hours, the arterial routes run very thick (5-10 minutes / trip) to meet the skyrocketing demand of people. From children to the elderly, from students and students to public employees, everyone takes the bus. People who ride buses, houses with buses, are both environmentally friendly and save a lot of time and money, creating an extremely civilized lifestyle. My landlord is an example. Although he owns a two-door Nissan car that is very beautiful and expensive, he still takes the bus to work. He often drove to visit, visit friends and family on weekends, and during the week, there were … car pick up (i.e. bus).

From the top, you can see clearly the bus lane plan in Edinburgh city

When writing this article, I’ve read many articles praising Lao traffic culture. It is true that looking other people, thinking about ourselves. Honestly, I have not dared to dream of a Vietnamese traffic culture like the West. Only by Laos is a great thing, it’s incredible.

… I have many business trips in Laos, witnessing and joining the traffic together to see that the consciousness and cultural culture in your country are high and very self-conscious. Everyone involved in traffic is very orderly, walking on the right road and lane; do not launch quickly, overtake and pass red lights. Car horns rarely is heard on road.

(Extracting the traffic culture of Laos’s country)

Edinburgh, July 2015.

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