Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked Ho Chi Minh City authorities to submit a plan to adjust working hours and school timetables in a bid to reduce traffic congestion during rush hours, VnExpress reported.
The plan must be submitted to the government before November 20, Phuc said.
Previously, Hanoi submitted a plan to change the hours of two groups of traffic users.
Under the plan, group one, including high school and college students, would attend school between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Group two, including commercial, services and banking centers, would open between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
State office workers and students in grades kindergarten and junior high would follow the current school schedule of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., instead of following a changed time frame, as suggested by the Ministry of Transport in a proposal to the central government late last month.
Hanoi authorities said the adjustment is expected to take effect the beginning of next year if approved by the government.