September, 06 2013 10:36:00

Foreign tourists are banned from hiring motorbikes. What do you think about the crackdown?

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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RT MARTIN - bat_cave@iprimus.com.au   RT MARTIN
March, 11 2014 18:15:18
Vietnam is the only place in the world where you will see people riding motorcycles at night with no headlight on the wrong side of the road with a family of 4 on board. I have been riding motorcycles for 40 years and Vietnam is a most dangerous place to ride. However because the average speed in town and cities is below 30 klm an hour, the risk of serious injury is greatly reduced. The reality is that the government needs to start a safety campaign regarding overtaking in dangerous situations, drunken driving ,,wearing helmets and road worthiness of the vehicles on the road. Taking away the rights of foreigners to ride hire bikes just hurts the local economy.
john - savefilean@gmail.com   john
December, 02 2013 21:17:37
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Mr. James - is_jnr@yahoo.com   Mr. James
October, 19 2013 15:59:42
I think motorbike licensing should be available to foreign persons upon completion of a qualified driver's training course. I seriously doubt any foreign persons driving would be worse than Vietnamese drivers. I personally have never driven on a sidewalk, on the wrong side of the street, or overloaded passengers. Also foreign ownership of motorbikes should be allowed. I currently live in Philippines, where ownersip of autos or motorbikes is allowed. I haven't seen any problems created by the policy... I love Vietnam, but would like to see these transportation issues addressed.
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