Footpath Parking a Chronic Issue for Streets of Laos

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Parking on the Footpath in Vientiane Capital

One week has passed since the Mayor of Vientiane issued an order officially prohibiting the parking of cars on the city’s footpaths in an effort to promote orderliness and cleanliness.

According to last week’s notice, offenders would be officially warned, educated, and fined in strict accordance with the law.

And yet the streets of Vientiane Capital still contain more cars on footpaths than the roads themselves.

The Lao Post reported last week that the problem of footpath parking, much like garbage burning, “could not be solved,” citing a number of contributing factors, such as a lack of parking facilities, lack of pedestrian traffic, and a generally complacent attitude among the population.

Tourists in Vientiane Capital forced to walk on the road into oncoming traffic
Tourists in Vientiane Capital forced to walk on the road into oncoming traffic

Meanwhile, the few tourists arriving during the Covid-19 outbreak, must brave oncoming traffic due to footpaths full of parked cars.

Tourists in Vientiane Capital forced to walk on the road
Tourists in Vientiane Capital forced to walk on the road due to vehicles parking on the footpath

Have you been fined for parking on the footpath? Or can you solve the problem? 
Let us know in the comments!

 

 

 

3 COMMENTS

  1. Are the offenders really fined, and by how much? If the offenders are found guilty for the third time, they not only have to pay a high price, but also their driving licenses should be revoked. Otherwise, the offenders would never respect the rules.

  2. I agree with Pat!
    To make them learn the lesson, tow their vehicles ( cars, trucks & motorcycles) away and fine them,
    along with towing and storage fee per day.
    Those selfish people think that their vehicles have more value than the other people’s lives. I feel so sorry for the pedestrians and ashamed to the visitors and tourists.

  3. Dear Editor
    The Lao Law is a joke . The government cannot even impose road rules let alone govern a country
    Typical Lao one step forward 2 steps backwards. That’s why the Chinese are taking over

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