Ha Noi traffic police have proposed to fine people who wave down so called "snail buses" (rua bo) outside main terminals in big cities. The move aims to deal with the many passenger buses that attempt to fill up with passengers by wandering around the streets instead of moving quickly to their destination.
According to an official from the city's traffic police force, besides strict punishment on coach/passenger bus service providers, it was also necessary to fine passengers waiting by the roadside.
Lawyer Huynh Kim Ngan said the proposed law to fine passengers was humorous. He said that it was obvious that the buses were at fault, not the passengers.
In late June, at a conference to review the enforcement of decrees 171 and 107 on administrative punishments against road traffic violations, it was proposed to fine passengers who waited for a bus on a highway.
What do you think about the proposal? Do you think it will prevent buses from driving slowly and picking up passengers?
As a local/foreigner living and working in Viet Nam, do you feel annoyed at buses picking up passengers on the side of the road in urban areas?
Do you have similar practices in your country?
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