Changing times in Hanoi

Today is an historic day for Hanoi. As from today, it will be compulsory for motorcyclists to wear helmets. The new rule came into effect this morning, but I wonder how long it will take to enforce. When I was there about three weeks ago, only about 1 in 1,000 motorcyclists were wearing helmets. I guess the motorcycle helmet shops are going to do a roaring trade this week if the traffic police do start enforcing the new rule.

I snapped this picture from the car window on a drive into the city – this rider was the only one I saw that morning wearing a helmet. I guess the guy in front of him is already well protected by his coconuts if he has a fall.

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