As stated by Tok Raj Pandey, spokesperson at the Department of Transport Management, there are about 1.1 million vehicles alone operating inside Kathmandu valley and the number is increasing at the rate of one lakh new vehicles each year! That’s a massive number and should definitely help you picturize the traffic in your head. So if you’re thinking of going for a short ‘ride’ to the nearby coffee shop, well you better put your sneakers on and take the pavement-route because chances are you gonna end up getting stuck in the overwhelming traffic and lose the desire for that cup of coffee.
No doubt, the road traffic of Kathmandu is getting intense each day and being a city loaded with countless opportunities, it’s reasonable to have crowd in the roads – you won’t wanna miss your job interview, would you? Here are the prime 5 things you should know about when it comes to Kathmandu’s traffic.
1) Tie your shoelaces before the sun rises.
The number one rule. Especially when you’re one of them who works in the typical 9-to-5 routine. The traffic gets nastier as dew evaporate off leaves and the sun rises up your head. You have to head off to your office as early as possible if you don’t want to jam yourself up in the vehicle-maze and make an excuse or two to your boss.
2) Know the ‘Boom-rate’.
3) Traffic signs are…just signs.
Despite of the sufficient traffic signs all around the central roads, only a few of the diligent ones follow them. Motorbikes, cycles and even car parkings in NO-PARKING areas are probable here in Kathmandu. So if you’re in a hurry and need to park your two-wheeler right off the bat, you might want to ignore those traffic signs. Disclaimer: It’s illegal!
4) No horn please!
The ‘no-horn’ traffic rule was implemented with a view to bring positive reformations in traffic discipline and drivers’ behavior on the roads. Turns out that shortly after it’s implementation, about 11,000 fines for horn use were issued. Although this sounds ridiculous, it’s getting more strict everyday and has been proven to drastically improve drivers’ behaviors and temperaments. So, look before you horn else you can get fined as much as Rs. 500 for every single horn.
5) Micro-buses are your life-savers!
If you’re unfamiliar with micro-buses, they are usually small vans used for intra-city travels and something you can find abundantly in Kathmandu city. Micro-buses’ drivers know the routes and are tactical at handling or avoiding the traffic wave. If you’re new to Kathmandu city and want to reach your new office without having to confront the usual traffic-fuss, go for a micro-bus ride.