Ho Chi Minh City now has 7.4 million motorbikes, and counting

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Ho Chi Minh City now has 7.43 million motorbikes, putting serious pressure on its transport infrastructure, local media reported, citing the Department of Transport. 
Compared to 2011, the number of new bikes registered in the city has increased by around 2 million, according to a Tuoi Tre report. 
There are also more than 1 million motorbikes brought in by migrants from other places, bringing the total count to 8.5 million, the highest in the country. 
HCMC has a population of around 8 million.
The huge number of motorbikes is overburdening the city’s traffic system, according to the department. It said motorbikes are chosen by many people over buses. 
For HCMC dwellers, driving a motorbike is a habit that is very hard to break, it said. The local government is also hesitant to apply measures to reduce the use of motorbikes, such as increasing registration fees.
The department reported that the number of fatalities caused by road crashes in 2015 had decreased, despite the increasing number of motorbikes.
In 2015, 703 people were killed and 3,302 others were injured in 3,712 road crashes, 24 deaths and 727 injured cases fewer than in 2014.

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