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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