Tran Dinh Ky, director general of the Viet Nam Register, spoke to Viet Nam Economic Times about his department's determination to return law and order to Viet Nam's automobile registration procedures.
Has the Viet Nam Reg-ister adopted any measures to prevent corruption when it comes to vehicle registration?
The fight against corruption has received special attention from the Government and the Ministry of Transport.
Under the Decree No.08/CT-TTg issued on April 12, 2014, the Viet Nam Register (VNR) has taken a series of measures to combat corruption.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked social organisations, provincial departments of transport, the Ministry of Public Security and the media to get involved in efforts to stop corruption in vehicle registration.
In early 2015, the VNR launched the first public online service to outline the procedures for registering a vehicle.
Hopefully by the end of July this year, vehicle registration can be done online. I'm confident that the online service will gradually cut out any wrongdoing and make the process faster.
The VNR has adopted several measures to stop corruption, but it has not been eradicated. What are your thoughts on this?
We all agree that corruption is an ulcer in our society that should be removed. Recently, we have adopted a decision to punish heads of the Motor Vehicle Technical Safety Inspection Department and the Viet Nam Auto Register (VAR) if corruption occurs under their jurisdiction.
In addition, my department will conduct on the spot inspections, and the VNR has asked safety inspection departments nationwide to conduct internal checks to ensure law and order is maintained within their departments.
To facilitate this work, the VNR has provided 200 surveillance cameras to more than 100 registration units nationwide, and we have detected a number of cases over the past three years.
The most important part of stopping corruption is the human factor. In the near future, we'll change procedures and the final responsibility will lie with the leaders.
Can you tell us about post check procedures after the vehicles receive the all clear from the Safety Inspection Unit?
From time to time, the VNR conducts spot-checks at bus terminals or transportation companies to inspect vehicles. If a vehicle fails safety checks, the unit that gave the OK will be punished.
For example, we conducted an inspection at the Binh Phuoc Register Centre and some of the cars there failed to pass our tests despite having received registration certificates a few days earlier.
If corruption is still occurring, does that mean the sanctions the VNR is imposing are not harsh enough?
I don't think so. Any wrongdoing that is detected is subject to severe sanctions. We have ordered the closure of quite a few units and centres after detecting corruption among leaders and personnel working there.
Since 2014, the VAR has punished 103 people, including leaders and staff, and ordered the closure of centres in Binh Thuan, Dong Nai and Binh Duong provinces.
In the first six months of 2015, three units were sanctioned, 35 staff were disciplined and three test lines were closed in Ha Noi, Thanh Hoa and Binh Duong. — VNS