The Culture, Sports and Tourism Department of central Khanh Hoa Province has banned local travel agencies letting foreign visitors hire motorbikes without driving licences.
The move came after the National Administration of Tourism requested all tourism departments nation-wide to seriously follow regulations when hiring motorbikes to foreigners.
It said this was an attempt to ensure the safety of foreign visitors travelling in Viet Nam where the traffic often seemed out of control.
Under the regulations, all foreigners unable to get driving licences for the first three months of their stay can use licences issued in their countries or international driving licences.
What do you think about the crackdown? Would it discourage you from visiting many of the nation's distant attractions? Does the move conflict with policies promoting national tourism?
If Viet Nam allows foreign visitors to drive motorbikes without licences, do you think this is discriminatory in any way or a move in the genuine interests of safety?
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