27th September 2012
Anyone who has traveled to Vietnam would definitely remember the galore of scooters on its streets. I remember the hordes of two-wheelers roaring past us on the narrow roads of the Old Quarter in Hanoi. The sheer abundance of scooters on Vietnamese roads makes you wonder – where are the cars? A local explained to me that cars are not manufactured in Vietnam and all imported four-wheelers are heavily taxed. As a result, only the decently rich are able to afford cars and most of the middle class has to get by with scooters. All those nifty vehicles on the streets indeed make life difficult for pedestrians hoping to cross the road!