Traveling by motorbike in Vietnam is one of the experiences not to be missed by foreign tourists. When you have been in Vietnam long enough, the beauty of nature and the roads here will motivate you to conquer them and start driving in Vietnam. However, to have a safe and convenient trip, one of the most important things is that you must understand the rules of road t in this country. This article will give you the necessary information about the regulations here.
Speed limits in Vietnam
It is extremely important in getting to know clearly the speed limit allowed for vehicles on Vietnam road.
Speed limits In Residential areas:
The maximum permitted speed of vehicles (except special-use vehicles) is 60 km/h if it is a double track; 50 km/h if it is a two-way street without a median; one-way roads with one lane for motorbike. However, you may see the speed limit is just 40km/h for a kind of motorbike which is less than 50 cc.
trucks with a tonnage of 3.5 tons or less and Normal cars or cars carrying people up to 30 people (except buses):
- Maximum 90 km/h at double-track roads and one-way roads with two or more motor lanes.
- Maximum 80km/h in two-way roads and one-way roads with one motor lane.
Which carries more than 30 people (except for buses) or trucks with a tonnage of over 3.5 tons (except tank trucks):
- Maximum 80 km/h at double-track roads and one-way roads with two or more motor lanes.
- Maximum 70 km/h in two-way roads and one-way roads have a motor lane.
Speed limits Outside the Residential areas:
Motorcycles can run at a maximum speed of 70 km/h on double roads, with one-way roads with 2 or more motor lanes; maximum of 60 km/h for two-way roads and one-way roads with 1 motor vehicle lane.
The maximum permitted speed of vehicles is 90 km/h for cars, up to 30 seats; 80 km/h if it has more than 30 seats in double-track roads;
If a two-way road has no median strip, a one-way road has 1 motor vehicle lane, the corresponding speeds of vehicles are 80km/h and 70km/h.
Regulations on age limit for drivers of motorbikes and cars are as follows:
- People who are enough 16 years or older may drive mopeds with a cylinder capacity of under 50 cm3;
- People who are enough 18 years or older may drive two or three-wheeled motorbikes, with a cylinder capacity of 50 cm3 or more and vehicles of similar structure. And trucks, tractors with a tonnage of under 3,500 kg; cars carrying up to 9 seats.
Driving license/ International license in Vietnam
Driving license for most of the vehicles such as motorcycles, cars, trucks, buses or other types on public roads is compulsory. Foreigners residing in Vietnam and wishing to drive, if having a national driving license, must follow procedures for changing to a corresponding Vietnamese driver’s license.
Conditions for changing the driving license
- Foreigners have resided, worked or studied in Vietnam for 3 months or more
- The foreign driver’s license still has all the necessary elements: The expiry date, the vehicle class is allowed to be driven, there is no sign of erasing or tearing, there is no difference in identification.
- The temporary driving license of foreign countries or international driving licenses are not able to change.
If you have an international driving license issued by a competent authority of the countries participating in the Convention on Road Traffic 1968, you can drive the types of vehicles specified in the driving license and you do not have to change it to a Vietnamese driving license.
In addition to the original international driving license, a translation must be made into common languages such as English, French, Russian and Chinese. If there is only a translation, no accompanying original, it will be invalid.
- You can be fined very hard and may get your driver’s license revoked if you are drunk or using while driving.
- Always pay attention to your surroundings, even when stopping at a red light.
- Traffic in central areas is often crowded and chaotic, be careful with the pedestrians and surrounding vehicles.
- Adhere to the requirements of the traffic police, who often try to help foreigners instead of making money from them.
- Keep tracking the mass media to avoid flooded areas after heavy rains or flood tide.
- Public transportation vehicles or trucks always run at high speed and be less careful when traveling in suburbs
The information above is necessary for regulations when traveling by motorbike in Vietnam. Hopefully, you will pay attention and comply to make your trip safe and smooth.