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Vehicle fire probe, helmet crackdown flagged

Update: March, 08/2012 - 08:05

HA NOI — The Ministry of Transport (MoT) plans to work with a number of ministries to investigate vehicles catching fire and tighten regulations on wearing helmets to reduce traffic accidents.

Speaking at a conference in Ha Noi yesterday, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Hong Truong said that by next week, the ministry would invite relevant ministries and sectors, including public security and science and technology to find the reasons behind some vehicles catching fire.

"The car and motorbike fires have threatened people's life," Truong said, "We have conducted some investigations, but have found no explanations."

MoT will also co-ordinate with the ministries of public security, industry and trade to regulate helmet standards.

"Fashionable helmets sold without standardised criteria will become illegal," Truong said, "Those who wear them will be fined."

He said that wearing licensed helmets would help reduce numbers of traffic fatalities.

Last month, there were 904 traffic accidents, resulting in 735 deaths and 718 injuries. In total, there were 1,940 accidents with more than 1,600 people killed and nearly 1,500 injured. — VNS

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