Parking in Vietnam
Rules and regulations regarding parking in Vietnam...
Because most people in Vietnam drive motorcycles, there is often a lack of parking for automobiles and larger vehicles. Parking a car is prohibited in the following locations:
- Where no-parking signs are posted
- On bridges and flyovers
- At bus stops
- On pedestrian-only roads
- Within five metres of crossroads
- On curves
- At the top of hills
- On pedestrian crossings
- Over manholes or sewers
Parked vehicles may not obstruct warning signs.
Many private homes and condominiums include a parking spot that is large enough for an automobile. Most shopping plazas have parking garages for both automobiles and motorcycles. Parking lots generally charge a daily rate of a few thousand Vietnamese dong.
Motorcycles are permitted to park on the pavements in most urban areas. Parking is often free, though some establishments charge a small amount to park the vehicle and provide security. This fee is usually less than VND 5,000 and may even be free, though giving a small gratuity to the parking attendant would be expected. Parking rates in certain high-demand areas may be more expensive. Parking rates are often not posted.
The police may impound illegally parked vehicles. This requires a trip to the local police station. The police ask to see the vehicle registration documents and identification card or passport of the vehicle’s owner. The police issue a citation, which requires a trip to another office, as the police are not supposed to accept the payment of fines. Once the receipt for payment is issued, the owner may return to the police station and request the return of the vehicle.
Fines for parking violations are generally very inexpensive, costing less than VND 100,000. Impound fees and administrative costs may increase the price significantly. The amounts charged vary from one district to another.
Breakdown and Recovery
There are no recovery companies in Vietnam. If a vehicle breakdown occurs, the driver needs to locate a service on their own. Some insurance companies have agreements with repair shops that come to the vehicle and either repair it or tow it away.