The Hanoi Transport Association is seeking permission from the Ministry of Transport and the city government to import tuk-tuks (auto rickshaws) in an effort to reduce the number of motorbikes in the city.
Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper quoted Bui Danh Lien, the association's chairman, as saying it had asked the ministry to allow tuk-tuks to travel on city roads (excepting highways) and pick up passengers at bus stops.
Lien said tuk-tuks are used very effectively in Thailand and India, providing a low-cost mode of transport.
Tuk-tuks are usually three-wheeled cabined cycles for private use and taxi services. It is a motorized version of the traditional pulled rickshaw or cycle rickshaw.
Auto rickshaws are an essential form of urban transport in many developing countries, and a form of novelty transport in many Southeast Asian countries.