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Will traffic cameras solve street gridlock in Viet Nam?

Update: August, 22/2014 - 08:55

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Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc recently approved a proposal to test traffic cameras in many capital city streets to make sure car drivers are staying on the right side of the roads and observing all the other traffic rules.

Officials believe this will help curb traffic violations and accidents. In many countries, police also use traffic cameras and photos from camera footage to punish violators - and to raise massive amounts of cash for the state.

The Vietnamese proposal, however, only targets car drivers not motorbike drivers. Some say this is because cars occupy more road space and usually carry few passengers. They are also easier to track down.

Opponents of the proposal say the move is unfair since motorbike drivers are often in the wrong lane and traffic signs in the capital are unclear, leading to driving mistakes.

Is the use of traffic cameras prevalent in your country? What are your experiences travelling on Vietnamese roads? Given the limited capacity of many of our roads, do you think cars or motorbikes are more to blame for gridlock?

Please reply by email to: opinion@vnsmail.com, or by fax to (84-4) 3 933 2311. Letters can be sent to The Editor, Viet Nam News, 79 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Ha Noi. Replies to next week's questions must be received by Thursday morning, August 28, 2014. — VNS

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